Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Patience of God

In my class at church we have been studying "The Attributes of God" by A.W. Pink. This week was "The Patience of God". This is a remarkable topic that is seldom written on. The chapter can be read online here. Patience is often considered with mercy, but the two are different. "mercy respects the creature as miserable, patience respects the creature as criminal; mercy pities him in his misery, patience bears with the sin which engendered the misery, and giving birth to more." God's patience with us is to be emulated. More specifically, "The patience of God is that excellency which causes Him to sustain great injuries without immediately avenging Himself." Ultimately, God's patience is not for our benefit, but for His own glory. Multiple examples are given in the Old Testament of God forbearing punishment. This is looked upon by evil men as weakness, but "the anointed eye adores what they abuse". Probing further into God's patience, one must recognize His patience in his own life. It truly is miraculous that He doesn't strike dead "those who so brazenly defy Him". All back to His Glory though, and such will be revealed in time.