by Carolyn Hope
But when Ahab heard this message, he tore his clothing, dressed in burlap, and fasted. He even slept in burlap and went about in deep mourning. Then another message from the LORD came to Elijah: “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has done this, I will not do what I promised during his lifetime. It will happen to his sons; I will destroy his dynasty.” (1 Kings 21:27-29)
Ahab was probably Israel’s most wicked king (see 1 Kings 21:25-26). God proclaimed doom to him and his whole family because of his wickedness. In this passage, we see how Ahab responded to that decree – he humbled himself and mourned. The Lord saw this and decided to delay the destruction on Ahab’s family until after Ahab’s death.
This is only one example of the amazing patience God has for us. Even to those who are utterly depraved, those we would consider as ‘too far gone,’ He shows incredible patience and forbearance. Do not mistake God’s patience for a pass to do wrong – He is still a just King, who will punish the wicked and reward the righteous. Again and again in Scripture, however, God goes above and beyond with extravagant patience to unworthy people.
Patience says, “Wait a little longer.” No matter how long it’s been, or how hopeless it seems, patience doesn’t let go or give up. You, child of God, are a product of patience. Not only was God patient with you in the past, waiting for you to come to Him, but He is also patient with you now as you grow in Him. You can trust the patience Jesus has for you. It’s unending and unfailing.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe