Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Is God Patient or Indifferent?

This morning, I heard Alistair Begg talking about God’s patience and it got me thinking.

Do we take advantage of God’s patience? Do we use his patience as a license to postpone submission to him? Do we truly understand that it is only because of his love, mercy, and kindness that he is patient? Paul writes in Roman 2:4 “do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?”

It is a foolish thing to confuse God’s divine patience with divine indifference. God is patient so that we may have time to come to true repentance - not because he is indifferent to our sin. Isaiah wrote: “will you try the patience of my God also?”

Why is God patient? So that we may have the opportunity to repent. “Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation…” 2Peter 3:15 Does this mean that his patience actually brings salvation or guarantees salvation? No. But his patience does give us the opportunity to respond to the gift of salvation.

Let’s never confuse God’s patience with indifference. Let’s never take it for granted. Let’s not show contempt for it. Rather, let’s respond today with repentant hearts and lives to his gift of salvation; for we are not promised tomorrow.

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