Posted on: 7-15-112014

Yesterday I watched a young mom and dad try to wrestle their four-year old into the car.  She was not the least bit interested in getting in the car, however.  She wanted to pick flowers and play with the toys in the yard and pretty much do anything except get in the car.  The family was all dressed up with gifts and food in tow, so I figured they were on their way to a party and by the mom’s exasperated tone, I knew they were probably running a little behind.  The more she pleaded with the little girl to get in the car, the more adamant the little girl was that she was going to do anything but that.  After a little bit, it was evident by the mom’s tone that she was losing her patience.  But, the little girl continued to run around the yard playing.  Finally, the mom had had enough.  She went and scooped the little girl up and put her in the car.   As I watched this encounter, I couldn’t help but laugh.  As a mom, I’ve been there before on more than one occasion.  I know how frustrating it can be to tell your child to do something only to have them ignore you and do exactly as they please.  I know how easy it is to  become angry when they don’t do what you tell them to do. I know how hard it is to administer grace and mercy when they have stretched your patience beyond the breaking point.  We, as children of God, often behave as the little girl did.  He tells us to do something and we are determined to do anything except what He asked us to do.  We are all experts at disobedience!  Fortunately for us, God’s patience can stretch way farther than ours can. No matter how trying our behavior is, God always seasons His responses to us with mercy.  He never grows weary or gets to the end of His rope with us. Discipline may come, but it is always given with an abundance of love and grace.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:23

Stretching God’s Patience


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