Advent Devotional – Friday, December 9, 2016 – Do You Try the Lord’s Patience?!?!
10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right. 16 But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”
18 In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thornbushes and at all the water holes. 20 In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the River —the king of Assyria—to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards also. 21 In that day, a man will keep alive a young cow and two goats. 22 And because of the abundance of the milk they give, he will have curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.
23 In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns. 24 Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns. 25 As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run. – Isaiah 7:10-25
Do you ever try the patience of humans? Do you ever try the patience of God? I am truly sure that I do. As a teen growing up, I distinctly remember my father telling me that I had tested every bit of his patience! And, my husband would gladly tell you that I try his patience on a regular basis. It seems to be a common occurrence around our home to test people‘s patience, as my children have learned to be very good at this also!
But how does it make you feel to know you test the patience of God? God is the very ONE I do not want to disappoint. I do not want to make Him angry, or frustrated with me, and I certainly do not want to test His patience. But I am sure I do. I am sure I already have this morning!
So how can we not test God‘s patience?!?! The first thought that comes to my mind is to OBEY Him. Let‘s not make Him ask us over and over. We teach our children first time obedience, so we should learn it ourselves! When God gives us that gentle nudge to reach out to someone, to help someone, to call someone, to bless someone, let‘s do it!! And not just for the Christmas season, but all year long! And when we read the commands in God‘s Word, let‘s accept them as commands, not merely suggestions!
Thank you Lord Jesus, for accepting us into your family, when we obey you, and even when we do not. Thank you for having patience with us, and for giving us second chances. Please help us strive to please you. Thank you for sending Jesus to our world, and for the salvation he brings to us!