Re:Verse passage:  1 Samuel 8:1-10; 12:1-5  (day four)
What does the term ‘patient’ or ‘longsuffering’ mean to you?  In our fast-food society and mindset, ‘to be patient’ means we give them two or, maybe, three chances to do it right before we react.  In 8:7-8, God says, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.  Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—“  God had endured the continued rebellion of Israel for nearly 400 years!  His focus was on His divine plan to restore mankind from the ravages of sin…not on the perceived loss of a ‘right’.  Do we keep our eyes on God’s divine plan?  Are we looking at the events of the world, the relationships around us, the pressing problems of the day?  God has a plan…let’s discern where we fit into it, in our small slice of history!

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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