The Power Of Patience
Why is patience so important and tied so closely to love?
Imagine making a plea to God for grace…you’d do it for your family, you MIGHT do it for others. Now, think about the people who torment you or drive you crazy! Would you ask for God’s grace for THEM?
Happy Wednesday! I don’t know about you, but I love to spend the first part of my day with God. This allows me to spiritually refuel, and prepare myself for the day ahead.
I constantly find things in the Bible that really stick with me. And even though I’ve read the Bible cover-to-cover several times over, I learn new things… EVERY SINGLE TIME!
Today I want to share something from the book of Deuteronomy. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to skip over this book, so they can get to the “good part.” Don’t! It’s just so rich and full of amazing wisdom and practical advice to help you succeed in every area of your life.
Deuteronomy, Chapter 8 begins during the period after Moses and the Israelites had wandered in the desert for 40 years. It basically describes all the blessings of the land and reminds them how God provided it all. He wants them to always remember HE fed them manna and led them safely through the desert.
Now, when it goes into Chapter 9, things really start to get heavy.
Deuteronomy 9:4 starts out, “Do not think in your heart after the Lord your God has driven them out before you, saying ‘Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess this land.’ But it is because of the wrong of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you.”
Oh man, whenever I read this I feel humbled! Have you have felt it was your right to be blessed? This whole chapter flat-out tells the Israelites their righteousness amounts to NOTHING!
Deuteronomy 9:23 goes on, “Then you rebelled against the mouth of the Lord your God, and you neither trusted Him nor listened to His voice.”
Moses reminds them God had wanted to destroy them all! Then Moses spoke to God in Deuteronomy 9:26-29: “And I prayed to the Lord and said ‘O Lord God, do not destroy your people and your inheritance whom you have ransomed in your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a strong hand. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wrong or their sin.’”
Can you imagine making a plea to God for His grace? You’d probably do it for your kids. Hey, you might even do it for your community or your staff. But NOW, I want you to think about the people who torment you or drive you crazy! Would you ask for God’s grace for them, as well?
Moses’ heart belonged with his people. He asked God to overlook their wickedness and stubbornness. For me, that type of leadership and love truly defines the word “righteous.” So often we judge others only based on their sin, rather than looking past the sin and just loving them as one of God’s children!
You might not realize it, but your spiritual success is HUGE! How you view – and treat – others affects everything in your life. Are you holding a judgment against anyone in your life? Man, if God said he was going to destroy them, would you step aside… or step up for them?
Tell me what you think about this idea in the comments below, and don’t forget to pass this message along! Who knows, it could inspire someone to show YOU some grace… when you need it most!
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In great faith,
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