April 28, 2021

Omnipatience

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.
Hosea 11:3
When we assign certain attributes to God, we think of them as being perfected in God. God is not just powerful, but almighty. God is not just knowledgeable, but omniscient. God is not just here, but omnipresent. God doesn't just love, but God is all-loving... in fact God Is Love. We often fall short, though, when we think of God's patience. We imagine that God will get tired of loving us, because of our imperfection. We lose hope that God will continue to call us because we fail to answer, or we take a wrong turn along the way. We think that God will never heal us again because we didn't show enough gratitude—perhaps we didn't even know that it was God's hand that saved us before.

But if God is almighty and omniscient and all-loving, why shouldn't God also be infinitely patient? How, in fact, could such power and love result in impatience or unfaithfulness? It's impossible when you think about it.

Believing in God's perfect patience will result in a renewed love for neighbor... and supposed enemy. If God has not given up on someone, how can I do anything but love them and pray for them?

Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. 
 2 Peter 3:15
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O Master, let me walk with thee 
in lowly paths of service free; 
tell me thy secret; help me bear 
the strain of toil, the fret of care. 

Teach me thy patience; still with thee 
in closer, dearer company, 
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, 
in trust that triumphs over wrong.
 Washington Gladden
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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