Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mercy in Patience ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised – the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives. 2Peter3:9-13  NCV 

Centuries ago, Scripture tells us how the disciples and new believers of the first century church anticipate the return of Christ. The promise that Jesus will come again remains unfulfilled today, yet eternal hope for the new heavens and a new earth continues with great anticipation. God’s faithfulness includes judgment, but His timetable is not ours. Scripture reveals that no one can predict Christ’s second coming. Peter explains that God’s patience in returning is not about being slow; rather, it is about His mercy for the people, His desire for all to have salvation, His hope than none will perish.

Theologian Warren Wiersbe distinguishes the difference between us and God, “Human beings are immortal: they have beginnings but no endings. They will live forever either in heaven or hell. But God is eternal, without beginning or ending.” Not limited by time but motivated by love, God’s enduring patience reflects His hope that the Good News be shared with all people. 

Lord, constrained by time, my days often become over scheduled and underutilized. I want to control the outcomes and predict the endings. Haste devours; rebellion disengages. Great is Your faithfulness. Find me now; lead me with everlasting hope. Teach me patient urgency; before the boundaries of time come to an end, show me the hearts of those who need to change. Let them see Christ in my living. –dho


Focus Point: The promise that Jesus will come again remains unfulfilled today, yet eternal hope for the new heavens and a new earth continues with great anticipation.

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