Ever wonder why God is so patient with us sometimes? I mean, God can be really patient. We can make the same mistakes over and over again.
We can go looking for trouble sometimes, or better said, lots of times.
We can fall, every day of our lives. We can be so frustrated and disgusted by our failings and yet each time, each time we go to God for forgiveness, each time, He forgives us.
Do you ever just wonder why? Why does He show us that compassion and that mercy? Why does He show us grace after grace after grace?
Listen to what it says today in Psalm 103: 10-14
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
God shows us such mercy because He remembers. He remembers who He is. And He remembers who we are.
He remembers that He is loving Father. He remembers that He loves us. That we are His. That He is God, not a man. That He is a God, who has promised compassion to those that fear and love Him.
He remembers not that He loves us but that He IS love. He remembers not that He shows us mercy, but He IS mercy. He remembers who He is.
And He remembers who we are. I love that last verse. He remembers our frame. He remembers that we are dust. We are made of dust, and we shall return to dust. He knows that we are weak. We are frail. We are fallen. We are human.
He remembers who we are. We will make mistakes. We aren’t perfect. We will blow it. He remembers our frame. He remembers that we are dust.
He remembers that He made us. And He remembers that He loves us.
Why is God patient? He remembers.
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