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As I practiced the memory verse, I thought of Moses.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
In the beginning God calls and Moses stammers, “Lord, are you sure you have the right guy? I’ve murdered and fled. I’m not leadership material. Geez… I can’t even speak without stuttering. How will I know? How will I know for sure this is You?”
He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
How will you know? You’ll know it’s me when you serve me right here on this very place you’re standing.
Moses’ beginning doesn’t look so promising and the middle was horrific. Plagues, death, walking through the Red Sea. Moses’ love for God and the people was poured out in patience. And in the end, Moses did serve God on the very place God called him. Take a look.
And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
It takes patience to see something through to the end. Moses went from a scared unsure shepherd to a mighty man of God willing to lead the people through very tough times. You can literally see the transformation as you read Exodus.
God’s loving patience transforms, changes us from the inside out. But we don’t often see it until the day we find ourselves serving in the place we were called. Doing something we never thought we could do.
I read a Scripture this week, revealing God’s patience with His people.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. …”
Jeremiah 18:1-6 ESV
God is like the potter working with marred, spoiled clay. If it doesn’t do what He has planned, then He patiently reworks it into another good thing.
Do you see it? When we fail to obey or allow sin to rule a certain area of life for a time, He just reworks us. He doesn’t throw us out. He doesn’t look for a new people. He has chosen His people and He’s going to patiently work good into their lives. If not one way, then another.
What makes His patience even more amazing? He only has faulty material to work with. We are all marred. All liable to be uncooperative with His plan. But His patience will not allow Him to quit shaping the lives of His people. His patience will not allow Him to abandon His creation.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 ESV
2Peter 3:9-10 told us God is patient because He longs for all to come to repentance. We would do well to remember His agenda. If we adopt His purpose in patience, it just might help us be more patient with the spoiled people in our lives (including our self).
He is forming, shaping, reworking hearts and souls for eternity, not for the here and now. And certainly not for our convenience.
Love is certainly patient.
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