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Thought for the Day – 060

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Preached during the morning service on 20 May 2020 by .


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E V A N G E L I C A L WELLINGTON CHAPEL

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DAY 60

Romans 15:5 — ‘Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to
be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.’

Recommended reading: 2 Peter 3:1-9

The Patience of God.

This morning we will consider God’s patience. Another word which means very
much the same is longsuffering. Numbers 14:18 says, ‘The LORD is longsuffering
and abundant in mercy.’ The words, ‘slow to anger’ are another definition of
patience. Psalm 145:8 says, ‘The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to
anger and great in mercy.’
So how do we define patience? Patience is not weakness; ask any parent who is
dealing with difficult children. Patience demands inner strength. It is sometimes
easier to act than to be patient.
With regard to Almighty God, He demonstrates His power to control all His
actions and reactions against unruly and disobedient children.
Nahum 1:3 says, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.’
People’s lack of power and control makes them act quickly. Men of great power
are often men of quick passion. Can you see why patience is a rare commodity?
But God is so different from us. He is great in power, but slow to express His
anger. Nehemiah 9:17 says, ‘You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful,
slow to anger.’

1. The longsuffering of God in the days of Noah.

The earth was universally corrupt. But notice that God did not destroy until the
people had been warned. 1 Peter 3:20 says, ‘The longsuffering of God waited in
the days of Noah’ (AV).
For 120 years Noah preached and warned the people. Throughout this time God
showed His power of control through His longsuffering. Although the people
were corrupt, God waited.

2. His patience with Israel.

Acts 13:18 says, ‘For a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the
wilderness.’ Israel constantly demonstrated their ingratitude toward God who
showed much patience toward this rebellious people.
Read through the whole of the Old Testament and you see a picture of God’s
patience to His people. The same picture applies when you read through the New
Testament. Our Lord’s patience is amazing to behold, even with His own disciples.
Let’s turn our thoughts to the world as we see it today.
The Ten Commandments are being broken with impunity. The Bible is ridiculed
by many, including the film industry. The precious name of our Lord Jesus is
being constantly blasphemed both in the media and the home. The Lord’s Day
is, by and large, ignored, even by believers, who should know better.
To me it is a wonder that God doesn’t step in and act immediately. Why doesn’t
He? He is patient. One day He will. He will not always strive with us, or keep His
anger at bay for ever.
These are days when the patience of God holds back the judgement of God.
Some people say that God is silent. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist!
The atheist Robert Ingosol once said, ‘If God exists, I give Him five minutes to
strike me dead!’ After five minutes: ‘I told you so, therefore it proves my point.’
A man in the crowd turned to Ingosol and said, ‘You cannot exhaust the patience
of God in five minutes!’
As we conclude, let us thank God that He showed much patience with us
before He pointed out to us the sinfulness of our sin. He then demonstrated
His love towards us through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, and drew us
to Himself.
But let us also thank Him for His patience with us since we became His children.
If we had to deal with ourselves, we would probably give up. But He presses on
with us, making us into the image of His Son.
God will continue to show this amazing attribute until His church in heaven is
complete.
My friends, we are here today because of His patience.

My Lord, you called my name
before the world began,
and chose that I should be
included in your plan.

How well you know my heart;
its hidden depths you see;
and yet you love me still
and freely pardon me.

You feel my every care,
each hope and each desire;
my burdens you relieve,
new visions you inspire.

From long before my birth
my every path you knew:
I bless you that you turned
my footsteps back to you!

Martin E Leckebusch
© 1999 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
CCLI – 1050955

Pastor: Kristian Dimond 01432 830002 07810 442523 pastor@wellingtonec.org.uk
Elders: John Roberts 01432 830100 john@dayone.co.uk
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Wellington Evangelical Chapel, Wellington, Hereford HR4 8AX www.wellingtonec.org.uk Reg Charity No 233810
THE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY IS PREPARED BY JOHN ROBERTS