Read Isaiah

Read Isaiah
Blog Writers - Sat Jun 15, 2013 @ 03:23PM
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Read Isaiah.

Honestly, I could stop writing and just say those two words and click "publish". But I won't. For your sake.

I'll say it again.

Read Isaiah.

Especially if you want to learn how to be patient. I'm going to get real with y'all, ok? Let's get one thing straight. I'm not a patient person by nature. (Is anyone?) I get mad when my math problem turns out to be wrong, my little sibling has spilled water all over the table, and when the clothes I asked someone to do still aren't put away. So this week I stopped being impatient, and I started being patient. And you know what?

I read Isaiah. 

There it is again. Sounds strange, doesn't it? But I read Isaiah! I did! And I learned about how patient our God is. He is SO patient. SO much more patient then I am in. 

Read Isaiah.

Why? So you can read about the people who were continually rebelling, the people who were totally disobedient. And so you can read about just how terribly bad they were. And yet how amazingly patient God was. God was patient with the people in the prophet Isaiah's time. His hand was continually outstretched, even though the people were absolutely, utterly disobedient. In the book of Isaiah (Chapter 9), after the prophet has described all of the bad things the people were doing, it says:  "and his hand is stretched out still." Still? After all that? Really? I find that so amazing. So, so, so amazing. I mean, c'mon, if I get mad about something so tiny (a glass of spilled water over my new book), is my hand still stretched out? Am I still patient and loving and...and kind? Not usually. And yet God was so patient and longsuffering with the people. Makes me really want to be patient. 

We all get impatient. When will God answer my prayer? When will I get a new dog? When will I get my letter of acceptance to the orchestra?

I am giving you a radical call to patience. This is not something new. The Bible talks about being patience and forebearing in so many verses. But you know what? Why don't we start living out patience. On our own? No way. We can't do anything good on our own. By His grace and power? Yes. All the way. Totally! I'm gonna start being patient. Will you take the challenge, too? 

I'll give you two words. I think you already know what they are:

Read Isaiah!

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