The next three days we will do a study on longsuffering. Longsuffering is defined as patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, slowness in avenging wrongs.
Today, let’s look at God’s longsuffering.
- Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
- Numbers 14:18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
- Jeremiah 15:15 O Lord, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
- Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
A characteristic of God is that He is longsuffering. Remember last week we looked at the names of God? Now I want you to meditate on God’s longsuffering.
The word longsuffering is only used 17 times in the Bible, however, the concept is alive in every chapter.
Tomorrow, we will look at God’s longsuffering to His children, us.
Have a great day.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001