As of the moment in which I’m writing this, I’m 42 years old. And there are mistakes I’ve been making for more than four decades.
You’d think, by now, I’d have mastered all of my areas of weakness, right? Surely I’ve had time to outgrow all of my selfishness and shortcomings. But it hasn’t happened yet.
Don’t misunderstand. There has been growth and improvement. There has certainly been progress, but all the progress I’ve made in life has ultimately been motivated by God’s grace and allowed by his mercy.
I sometimes think, where would I be without God’s patience? King David must have had similar thoughts, which would explain why he would write…
Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail you! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.
~ Psalm 103:8 TPT
Here’s the problem… We keep assessing God through the lens of our experience with other humans, and I don’t know very many patient people. Most of the humans I know are impatient, including myself. We don’t want to wait. We don’t want to be inconvenienced. We don’t like discomfort and we all have our pet peeves.
We assume God must be this way – huffing and puffing over every mistake we make. We assume he’s in heaven, constantly grumbling under his breath about our poor performance, shaking his head at our stupidity.
But listen again to David’s description of God. You’re SO kind! You’re SO tenderhearted! You’re SO patient!
Do you see God this way? As kind? As tenderhearted? As patient?
The truth is, God has never been in a hurry the way we’re in a hurry. He started time. Someday he’ll stop time. He gave us time to be our measuring stick, not his. He can wait. Endlessly.
That’s the reason it takes so many decades for most of us to outgrow our immaturity and self-centeredness. God is patient.
I want to challenge you to view God this way today. Repeat it in prayer.
God, you are SO kind. You are SO tenderhearted. You are SO patient. Your love is like a flooding river and I want to be swept away by your kindness.