He went to be with the Lord in heaven in 1999 after several years of battling cancer. We miss him dearly.
He worked many years for a large sawmill. He sharpened the saw blades or replaced them with new blades. Some of the band saw blades were almost a foot wide and thirty feet long! He was a very patient man!
It could be a dangerous job handling the large pieces of metal with sharp edges attached to big pieces of machinery.
So my father-in-law, Bill Smith, learned that patient, deliberate work paid off.
Of course, being in my twenties, I had not learned much patience. Occasionally he assisted me with a small home project. I would be unnerved by how deliberately he approached whatever he did. He was always more concerned about doing things right and not getting hurt in the process, rather than speed.
Now that I’m the age he was then, I’ve also learned the value of patience. Especially in pastoring a church, patience is a must. Several years ago someone told me, “Pastoring a church is like turning an aircraft carrier around, it takes a lot of time and space.”
“If God really exists and really cares about us, why doesn’t He _________?” You can fill in the blank. If God doesn’t act as soon as you think He should, then maybe He does not exist, does not have the power to do something, or does not care!
Jesus said that not the slightest detail of God’s word will pass away until all prophecies and promises are fulfilled! (Matthew 5:18) So what’s God waiting for!?
Perhaps He is not “slow,” but patient. He is giving you a little more time to know Him, admit and turn from your sin, accept His Son Jesus Christ as your Savior, and live your life for Him as Lord.
God isn’t a “slow-poke.” He loves you and is patiently waiting, calling, arranging circumstances, and pleading with you to declare Him Lord and accept His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake, He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9 NLT
But don’t wait too long, one day it will be too late.
Our Father, thank-you for being patient with us. Thank-you for salvation only found in Christ.