"The Israelites had traveled in the wilderness for forty years until all the men who were old enough to fight in battle when they left Egypt had died. For they had disobeyed the LORD, and the LORD vowed he would not let them enter the land he had sworn to give us--a land flowing with milk and honey." Joshua 5:6
The Israelites wandered for 40 years! Can you imagine being told you would get something and having to wait 40 years for it with no idea when the end would be in sight? This type of longsuffering certainly takes the cake in the bible for me. The term patience and longsuffering are often lumped together, but there is something more significant and faithful about longsuffering in my opinion. Patience can be used while sitting quietly in a chair or comfortably in a very pleasant situation. Longsuffering suggests that the wait got difficult, arduous, and at times unpleasant. Longsuffering is defined as "having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people." God is a just and loving God but because of sin, there are many troubles in our world. SO it is inevitable that we will face trials and tribulations. God expects us to be longsuffering. He expects us to not simply call out to him to relieve us of our troubles but more importantly, he wants us to call out ABBA our father, "Give me peace in my storm, so that I may gain longsuffering."
I love you, but GOD loves you more!
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