An attribute is described as a characteristic of someone, somewhere, or something. I’ve had a few attributes slung at me in my lifetime, some pleasant, some not so pleasant. And, I think that the attributes ascribed to me over time have changed based upon the season in my life. There are two attributes that have stayed pretty much with me over my entire life: faithful, and organization. My faith in God goes back as far as I can remember. Not that my family included religious instruction, or regular church attendance, but in the manner that I knew early on that God existed, and He was reaching out to me for a relationship with Him. And as far as organization goes, anyone who know me well knows that I am well organized, and that I do not function well with disorganization. I often say that I can organize the stuffing out of things.
There are plenty of attributes that are ascribed to God. He’s purposeful. He’s all-seeing. He is all-knowing. God is all-powerful. He’s everywhere at all times. He’s in everything. He is over everything. His timing is always perfect. God is Holy. He is truth. God is righteous. He is just. He is faithful. He is patient. He is pure. God is eternal. And, God never changes.
When things don’t go the way that I want them to go, I always try to remember those things about God. One of the things that I most appreciate about God, is something that I lack a great deal of – patience. The fact that I can mess up over, and over, and over again and God still loves and forgives me is amazing. I simply don’t have the “patience” gene in my body. And, although I believe that patience is something you can acquire the more you exercise it like a muscle, I think it will always be something with which I struggle. God’s Word reminds me that through Jesus’ sacrifice, I am made right with God. He accepts me as I am, yet He encourages, and moulds me, to become more like Jesus, so that I can reflect His goodness all the more. God’s not done with me yet, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get there.
As with me, God’s patience is also exhibited to our fallen world day after day after day. I believe that the reason that Jesus has not returned yet is that God is still gathering and redeeming His children. He longs for us to be in a repentant relationship with Him. So, God’s capacity for patience is immense and constantly exhibited to us each and every day when He doesn’t bring His judgement upon mankind.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV)
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9, ESV)