Lying in bed last night, I realized something. I like things to happen quickly. I’m content to wait, and I’m willing to exercise my fair share of patience. But I realized that the God who is my Father is not only patient. He’s steadfast, He’s enduring, and He’s long-suffering. He is so much more than patient.
Steadfast: stable, firmly fixed, unchanging.
…He steadfastly set His face to go up to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51
Enduring: remaining in existence for a long time, often through trial
Looking away unto Jesus… who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…. Hebrews 12:2
…The grass witherith, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever…. 1 Peter 1: 24-25, quoting Psalm 102:11-12
Long-suffering: bearing provocations for a long time, patiently enduring lasting difficulties and hardship
The Lord… is long-suffering toward you, not intending that any perish but that all advance to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
…the long-suffering of God waited int he days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared…; 1 Peter 3:20
I stand in awe of the Father I have. I’m realizing that it’s not just His love that endures forever or that of His days there is no end. He is the definition of steadfastness, endurance, and long-suffering.