Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, September 29
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
THE PATIENCE OF GOD
Jeremiah 25:3 ERV “I have been a prophet for these past 23 years, from the 13th year that Josiah son of Amon was the king of Judah. And from that time until today, I have spoken messages to you from the Lord again and again. But you have not listened.”
For 23 years, God kept sending messages to the people of Israel asking them to repent and to do right; for 23 whole years! Yet they did not listen! I can imagine how Jeremiah felt; preaching for 23 years without results; preaching to a very stubborn hearted group of people who even persecuted him sometimes; yet he had no choice but to obey God Who sent him.
Paul taught that love is patient. And because God is love He is very patient. This present world still exists today because of the patience and love of God, not because the world will never end nor because God is not eager to execute His plans. Peter said, “The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning.” 2 Peter 3:9
But sir, God cannot continue to wait for man forever. He has fixed a time when this world will come to an end. And you, my dear reader, what message has God been sending to you that you have refused to listen to? What’s that thing you keep doing that displeases God? When are you going to obey God? When are you going to get serious? When? When?? When??? Hebrews 4:7 says, “If you hear God’s voice today, don’t be stubborn.”