Ecclesiastes 8:11: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

January 8th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

God is long-suffering toward the evildoer and seems to put up with an awful lot before He finally acts. Humanity misunderstands this part of God’s character, His attribute of long-suffering and seeming patience with evil, thinking that He is either unable to see it, is not concerned with it, or actually approves of it. And others simply see it as proof that He does not exist. But if God was only just, and quick in judgment, then who could stand before Him? Solomon was frustrated that there was not an immediate sentence against evil, but he had no right or grounds to be frustrated since God extends the same mercy and patience toward all of us.

Why is God so patient? The Apostle Peter answers this question: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is extraordinarily patient and full of grace because He is giving us as much time as possible to respond and repent. We should be driven to our knees this day in gratitude and appreciation that our Heavenly Father is so inclined toward each and every one of us.

There is an interesting quote about God’s grace from the famous American statesman Daniel Webster (1782–1852). Late in his life, as he was having lunch with some younger members of Congress, one of them asked, “Mr. Webster, what is the greatest thought that ever passed through your head?” Quick as a flash Webster replied, “My accountability to God.”

“LORD, we thank You that You are patient with us as we often stumble along the road of life. We want to walk with You this day, so give us fresh mercy and grace to do so, in Jesus’ name.”