TESTING GOD’S PATIENCE?


Our speech about God if often quite deficient and incapable of adequately communicating realities about God. As the eternal spiritual being, God’s patience is boundless, hence he cannot be “tested” or provoked. However, as humans grappling with the self revelation of the divine in human history, we can by employing human categories say that we do often test God’s patience. This is precisely what Isaiah the prophet did in his address to King Ahaz in our reflection passage today: “…are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men without trying the patience of my God, too?” (Isaiah 7:10-14). Isaiah’s statement was in response to Ahaz’s fear of an impending enemy attack, and his obvious doubt of God’s aid (Isaiah 7:1-9).

Like Ahaz, we too test God’s patience when we doubt his goodness and love for us, even when evil abound. For God is definitely still with us (Isaiah 7:14), and absolutely nothing is impossible for him to handle, when the time is ripe (Luke 1:37). We do also test God’s patience when we remain in our sins on account of aligning ourselves with teachings at variance with his word. We also test God’s patience when we refuse to bear witness to the gospel message and values, when we refuse to forgive, when we defraud, defame and when we indulge in all sorts of ungodly conducts.

It is not that God cannot act on us or against us, “for nothing is impossible to God” (Luke 1:37). Rather in his great love, he gives us ample opportunities and time to turn a new leaf, to repent and begin anew.

Reflection Passages For Today: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23(24):1-6; Luke 1:26-38

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