A visit to Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque yesterday revealed how much we have come to rely on computers for our day-to-day activities. As you checked into to the Emergency Room and saw the ladies at the registration desk writing things on scraps of paper, you knew something was amiss. It was immediately obvious that the “paperless” hospital was anything but paperless.
Watching the staff handle the “computer crash”, as one nurse called it, was something that this columnist had the honors of doing for several hours. While the staff handled it remarkably well, it did cause a long delay in test results that required the use of computers to send and receive. For example, a CT scan result was delayed for several hours as the queue of computer requests grew with the outage. Patient care did not seem to suffer but patience was tested. And such is life.
The Bible has much to say about patience or “longsuffering”. As you survey the pages of the Old and New Testament you can actually find those words more than 50 times. We are promised that when we “glory in tribulations” that this builds patience and from that comes experience which leads to hope. So we actually learn when we are given life circumstances that require us to practice patience. It requires strength to practice that patience. Longsuffering is not somethingthat just happens; it is something that grows and is produced as fruit in the life of God’s children.
As believers, and the adopted children of God, we are promised that these life experiences can actually be counted as joyful. Our Heavenly Father is a great example of longsuffering. The Bible says that He made us a promise of eternal life (John 3:16). He promised that when we believe in what His Son (Jesus) did for us, dying on the cross to pay our sin debt that He would give us everlasting life. We can have victory over death, just as Jesus proved when he rose from the dead. Jesus considered it “joy” to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
It has been over 2,000 years since Jesus came into this world as a baby, grew up as a perfect man, never once sinning and then willingly gave Himself as a sacrifice to pay the sin debt for everyone. Over 2,000 years! Is God still patiently waiting for you? Do you know the Savior?
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“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)