Patient With Us

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3: 9 (NRSV)

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103: 8 (NRSV)

Joshua Oladipupo is a schoolteacher from Lagos, Nigeria. As such, he learned a lot as he tried to impart knowledge and sound moral training to his young students. The greatest lesson he believes he can share is that of patience. He developed patience over time as he tried to teach particular subjects or topics and his students seemed slow to understand.

As children of God, we should remember that the Father has much to teach us. Yet God knows our weaknesses and is patient and loving in teaching us. Jesus was patient with Peter; despite Peter's failings, Jesus forgave him and gave him the privilege of leadership in God's kingdom.

Just as teachers and students must share a trusting relationship in order to foster the learning process, it is important for us to know that God cares about us. God helps us to overcome our daily challenges as we grow in our walk with Christ.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to be patient and to trust your care for us as we learn your purpose for us. "Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial." (Luke 11: 2-4, NRSV). In Jesus' name, amen.

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