Good Morning from the road. We are in the Sunshine State for some racing,
dirt, asphalt, short track, superspeedway, you name it weíll be there to
serve the racing community. As we continue our look at Godís character
traits we focus on patience. Donít pray for it, God will put you in
situations that require it. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
Patience, something we all could use a little more of. The other day I
was in the donut shop, standing in line, waiting my turn patiently. Then it
happened a short, skinny guy cut to the front placed his order and away he
went. That was pretty risky, cutting in front of a fat guy in the donut
line. I donít know what he was thinking but it took all my composure not to
go after him.
There are times in life when patience pays dividends. I remember a race
at Monadnock with the Whelen Modified Tour, a 200 lap event. They ran 200
laps without a caution. What a race, you could see it play out. The pole
sitter started out steady and clearly had a plan. When a faster car passed
him he didnít change his strategy. He patiently waited and continued on his
plan, falling back as far as third.
His patience paid off, the faster cars planned on a caution, but none
came. Slowly he climbed back to the lead as the others faded. He took the
checkered, winning the race with a patient strategy.
That isnít always the case, but most times in life patience will pay off
with a reward. Most times it keeps our foot out of our mouth. We tend to
jump to conclusions without first taking a step back and looking things
over, thinking things through. I am grateful God is patient with me.
Romans 2:4 (NLT), Donít you see how wonderfully
kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?
Does this mean nothing to you? Canít you see that his kindness is intended
to turn you from your sin?
Paul points out three character traits of God in this verse that we should
be thankful for; Kindness, Patience and Tolerance. We have talked about
kindness, which is Godís grace, his gift of salvation through the death and
resurrection of Jesus.
Weíll talk about tolerance next week. Today read this story and see if we
show others the same patience that God shows us.
So one day He was at a traffic light, patiently waiting for it to turn
green. The fellow in front seemed to be paying attention, but was deep in
thought. The light turned green, he didnít move. Beeping, yelling, waving
hands, telling him he is number one, nothing worked. As the light turned
yellow the fellow in front looked up, saw it and sped through.
As he fumed, shook his fist and beat the dash of the car he noticed the
cop behind him, lights flashing. He pulled over. The officer approached;
ďout of the car pleaseĒ. He was cuffed and brought into the station.
After some time the officer came back and was apologetic. I am sorry sir,
I was sure you stole that car. Puzzled he asked. ďWhy?Ē
The officer explained he watched the whole scene, all his antics,
colorful language and hand gestures. The officer then noticed the Christian
bumper stickers on the car. That didnít add up. Surely the driver couldnít
be a Christian. He certainly didnít display the character traits of God.
We never know who is watching. We never know who is following our
example. It is important to reflect the character of God if we claim to be
His. Think about that this week and Iíll be back next week to look further
into Godís character.
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