Saturday, October 13, 2007
THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD
A proud atheist once stood with a group of people, shook his fist toward the sky and said, "If there is a God, may he prove himself by striking me dead right now." After a long pause in which nothing happened, the atheist smiled and said, "You see, I’ve proved there is no God." One man in the crowd responded, “All you have proved is that God is longsuffering to put up with such arrogance and unbelief in such puny creatures as we are.”
The apostle Paul wrote of God’s longsuffering towards the wicked -- “What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:” (Romans 9:22).
God may put up with the proud boastings of unbelieving men for awhile, but His wrath is certain to come upon all who continue in such arrogance unto death. Our only hope is God’s mercy in Christ.
Paul went on to write -- “And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,” (Romans 9:23).
Sinner, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).
Run to Christ and beg for mercy!