Day 253/260: Read Revelation 15
“The wrath of God is complete.” A dreadful thought to those who have not prepared themselves to meet Him!
God works at His pace; we are often impatient and ready for the next step, but God often grants time for repentance to those in sin. Should we not be as gracious and merciful as we deal with our friends and neighbors?
He told Abram that his descendants would be “strangers in a land that is not theirs…four hundred years,” but when the time was right, they would return to their own land. “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Genesis 15:13-16). Abram would not see that promise fulfilled in his lifetime, as God was not ready to pass judgment on the Amorites. Who knows how many were saved due to God’s patience?
May we never forget: “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).
Again, if God shows grace and mercy and patience, we should do the same.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Revelation 14:13. Then I heard a voice from ____________ saying to me, “Write: ‘____________ are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their ____________, and their works follow them.”
Pray for the longsuffering of God as you work through temptation and sin; pray for patience with others who are doing the same.