The Patience and Grace of God (EP 03)

Podcast Episode 3 (Condensed)

On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your level of patience with others? I’ll be the first to admit that I am about a 6 or 7. Patience can be a struggle for me sometimes. What about grace? Take a moment to think about it. Are you quick to extend grace to others or can it be a struggle? I am about a level 8 when it comes to grace. That is only because I know just what it is like to not receive grace when you need it.

If you’re wondering why I started off discussing grace and patience it is because that is what comes to mind when I think of 1 Samuel 19. I encourage you tor read it on your own. In this chapter, Saul hunted for David. He plotted with his children to kill David. But, Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s close friend, refused to partake in it. He even questioned his dad, Saul about why he wanted to harm David. (1 Samuel 19:1-5). 

Saul claimed he would leave David alone, but that turned out to be less than the truth. When Saul was tormented by a spirit from the Lord, David still came and played the harp. David served Saul anyway in spite of Saul’s evilness towards him (1 Samuel 19:9-10)

Yet, Saul still tried to kill David again (1 Samuel 19:8-10) When Saul discovered that David and his men were out prophesying, he became irate. Saul sent his people to go after David and the men. But guess what? The Holy Spirit came upon Saul’s own men and they began prophesying. This only angered Saul even more. So, what does this story have to do with grace and patience? The grace of God is so mighty and evident. His love for us is so great. In the midst of Saul’s envy and demonic agenda, The Holy Spirit came upon Saul himself. People were stunned and amazed, thinking “What? Is even Saul a prophet?” (1 Samuel 19:24) In other words, they’re thinking, “what in the world is going on here?”

I wondered a while why God chose to use Saul while He was being disobedient. I couldn’t imagine a love so great. I could only think of how patient God is with us even when we’re in sin–how gracious He is towards us the more. Saul knew that he had been treating David in a hurtful and wrong manner. Yet, God still showed mercy on Saul. He still desired to use Saul. I am not sure I could have had a great deal of patience with Saul like God and David did.

God spoke to Saul when he arrived to the great well of Secu. No one knows what God said to Saul, but we do know that Saul himself began prophesying and tore his robe (1 Samuel 19: 21-24). Why? We may not know why, but we do have evidence of God’s grace and patience with Saul yet again. This is the same grace and patience He shows with us.

I continued to question, Why in the world would God allow Saul to prophesy after all that evil mess He did? It goes back to 2 Peter 3:9. God doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is longsuffering not for His sake, but our sake. He gives us time after time to get it right. So, does this mean we can do and live how we want since God is so gracious and patient? For a more in-depth analysis and answer, watch my podcast episode here

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