God Is Patient
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Those words first appeared in the novel Mathilde by French author Marie Joseph Eugène Sue and were quoted approvingly in movies like The Godfather, Star Trek II, and Kill Bill. The point is that your vengeance will be more effective if you go slow, brooding and planning.
God calls himself “slow” as well. But the slowness is not in his brain processes or his revenge fantasies, but in his temper. He is patient with foolish sinners like you and me, giving us time to hear his diagnosis of what’s really wrong with us and to hear what he has done about it. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8).
People with hair-trigger tempers usually aren’t very thoughtful. Impulsive people usually aren’t known as planners. Your God goes slowly because he is patient and wants as many people in his heaven as he can draw in. Aren’t you grateful for all the extra time he has given you to learn and grow?
Judgment day will come without warning. Who in your life is benefiting from God’s slowness to anger? How can you share the great message of God’s abundant love with the urgency it deserves?
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