To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)
There are many in the body that struggle with the fact that they have negative thoughts and/or feelings about their experience with God and the manner or schedule with which God gives aid in their difficulties. There’s quite a few thoughts in the Scripture that speak to fact that we often display a willingness demonstrate our impatience with how God is working out our particular case in a particular time.
The Bible speaks quite fully and explicitly about the idea, the character quality of patience often:
1. First, and quite obviously, it tells us that our God is characterized by the quality of Patience. Rom 15:5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
It surely seems as though we are to understand that one of God’s chief characteristics is that He is willing to “sit” on His Heavenly Throne and patiently wait for His purposes and goals to be accomplished no matter what length of time it ultimately takes.
2. The primary and ultimate example of our Father’s exercise of patience is the Lord Christ Himself. Is 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
The patience of God extends itself to the time that Christ walked among men and headed towards His purpose for being here - He underwent all that men could sling at Him and yet did not exercise that power that was naturally His and the One true God. He could have, at any moment, simply uttered a word and destroyed His enemies. But yet, He patiently waited for the time of the fulfillment of the purpose for which The Father had sent Him arrived. Until then, He was silent and did not so much as open His mouth, let alone to exercise His power and wrath. This is likewise borne out in both Matt. 27:4 and Acts 8:32.
Matt 27:14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Acts 8:32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
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