God is Incomparable in His Patience

Patience is that attribute in God whereby he beareth with sinners,
and forbears or defers their punishment, or that whereby he expecteth
and waiteth long for their conversion. He is a God slow to anger, Ps.
ciii. 8. He waiteth on men to do them good, Isa. xxx. 18. He is longsuffering,
2 Pet. iii. 7, 9. Nay, he endureth with much longsuffering
the vessels of wrath, Rom. ix. 22. He is the God of patience, Rom. xv. 5.

The patience of God is the more admirable if we consider

1. How perfectly he hateth sin, Ps. v. 4 ; Hab. i. 13 ; Prov. vi.
16. And how offensive it is to him, it grieveth him, Eph. iv. 30.

2. What an affront sin is to him, a contempt of his authority,
therefore called a despising him, 1 Sam. ii. 30. An eclipsing his
honour, therefore called a dishonouring him, Rom. ii. 23. A contention
with him for mastery, therefore called a fighting against
him. Acts v. 39 ; Job xv. 25. A violation of his commands, therefore
called a transgression of the law, 1 John iii. 4. It affronts his
wisdom, therefore called folly, 2 Sam. xxiv. 10 ; his justice, therefore
called unrighteousness, 1 John i. 6, 7 ; his patience, therefore
called a despising his long-suflPering, Rom. ii. 4 ; his mercy, therefore
called a turning his grace into wantonness, Jude 4 ; his
truth, therefore called a lie, Isa. xliv. 20. It must be infinite
patience to bear with that which is the object of infinite hatred.

3. Who they are who thus dare and provoke him ? They are
his creatures, Ps. c. 2, whom he hath infinitely obliged, Lam. iii.
22, 23 ; and laden with innumerable blessings, Ps. cxvi. 12 ; and
loved inconceivably, John iii. 16 ; and seeks daily to overcome with
his kindness, Ps. cxxx. 5 ; Hosea xi, 1. Yet these turn rebels and
traitors, devise and endeavour his ruin, and join with Satan, his
arch-enemy, in order thereunto, Eph. ii. 2, 3 ; Job xv. 25, 26.

4. That he knoweth all men’s sins, the number of them, the
nature of them, all the aggravations they admit of. He knoweth
their thoughts, words, actions, Ps. cxxxix. ‘ I know all their
wickedness and all their sins/ Amos v. 12 ; Ezek. xi. 5.

5. That he hath power in his hands to avenge himself when he
pleaseth. He can look, speak, think his creature into hell-fire.
Here is the miracle : ‘ He that is great in power is slow to anger,’
Nah. i. 3.

6. That he is the more provoked because of his patience. The
revenues of heaven are at present impaired by it. Good men
hereby question and quarrel with his providence, Ps. Ixxiii. 2-4 ;
Jer. xii. 1-3. Bad men hereby are encouraged to continue in sin,
and to judge him an abettor of their profanenesss, Eccles. viii. 11 ;
Ps. 1. 21.

7. That he beareth, notwithstanding all this, year after year,
many years; forty years with the Jews, Ps. xcv. 10 ; with the whole
world one hundred and twenty years. Gen. vi. 3 ; with the Amorites
four hundred years, Gen. xv. 13, 14.

8, That he doth not only forbear them, but also do them good.
He continueth life, and health, and food, and raiment, and friends,
and relations ; nay, the gospel and salvation, and seasons of grace,
and tenders of his love and favour, and of everlasting life, Acts
xvii. 17, 18, 27, 28 ; Luke xix. 41 ; Job xxi. 14-16; 2 Cor. v.
19, 20.

God is so incomparable in his patience that he is called ‘the God of
all patience ; ‘ not only because he hath all manner of patience in
him, but because he hath engrossed it all to himself.

– George Swinnock, The Incomparableness of God

Ye are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better thinga than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:24

Ye are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better thinga than that of Abel.
Hebrews 12:24

Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we know how you came–the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own. Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of Jesus! The dropping of his blood is as the music of heaven to the penitent sons of earth. We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids us lift our eyes to him, and as we gaze upon his streaming wounds, each drop of blood, as it falls, cries, “It is finished; I have made an end of sin; I have brought in everlasting righteousness.” Oh! sweet language of the precious blood of Jesus! If you have come to that blood once, you will come to it constantly. Your life will be “Looking unto Jesus.” Your whole conduct will be epitomized in this–“To whom coming.” Not to whom I have come, but to whom I am always coming. If thou hast ever come to the blood of sprinkling, thou wilt feel thy need of coming to it every day. He who does not desire to wash in it every day, has never washed in it at all. The believer ever feels it to be his joy and privilege that there is still a fountain opened. Past experiences are doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can give us joy and comfort. This morning let us sprinkle our door-post fresh with blood, and then feast upon the Lamb, assured that the destroying angel must pass us by.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Backsliding is Hidden at First

You may be very sure men fall in private long before they fall in public. They
are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes
of the world. Like Peter, they first disregard the Lord’s warning to watch and
pray, and then like Peter, their strength is gone, and in the hour of
temptation they deny their Lord.

The world takes notice of their fall, and scoffs loudly. But the world knows
nothing of the real reason. The heathen succeeded in making a well-known
Christian offer incense to an idol, by threatening him with a punishment
worse than death. They then triumphed greatly at the sight of his cowardice
and apostasy. But the heathen did not know the fact of which history informs
us, that on that very morning he had left his bed chamber hastily, and without
finishing his usual prayers.

If you are a Christian indeed, I trust you will never be a backslider. But
if you do not wish to be a backsliding Christian, remember the question I
ask you: Do you pray?

J. C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer: With Study Guide (Kindle Locations 333-341).