God’s patience is his sovereign freedom to demonstrate the fullness of his character.
This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us
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The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). During his creation, everything that exists was created by him and exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11). And all of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy 4:4).
By his sovereign decree, the creation exists to serve one purpose: God. Psalm 119:91 says in reference to the sun and the earth, “By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.” Created things exist to serve God, and if God’s chief end is, as John Piper says, to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever (cf. Isaiah 48:9-11) then all created things exist for God.
We exist as God’s people, as sojourners on the earth.
The Christian is both at peace and at war; peacefully living, warfully walking.
Our Attempts to Bring Peace
Woodstock was originally to establish ‘3 days of Peace’ as depicted on the famous poster of the event. Over 500,000 – yes, 500,000 – people came to see Hendrix, Joplin, and others come to bring peace to the world through music. However, during this time of ‘peace’ there was immense chaos surrounding the event. Drugs were everywhere, three people were killed, and women even went in to labor – all of this going on during these ‘days of peace.’ In an attempt to bring peace and comfort to the world, immense war and chaos was caused as a result of it.
The good news of Jesus Christ is not the basics we need to revisit but the core of all that we are and all that we do.
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This is a Football
One of the most well-known names in all of NFL history is Vince Lombardi. He is specifically known for coaching the Packers in the 1960’s to five NFL Championships, including winning Super Bowl I and II. He was known for his strategy, winning seasons, and for the way he ran his practices. Vince Lombardi held intense practices during the off-season as recorded in his biography. In the summer of 1961, Lombardi took his professional football team, the Green Bay Packers, walked onto the field holding a football, as the whole team circled around him to listen. He says this, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
He took 36 professional football players to the basics and to remind them that nobody graduates from what seems elementary. They needed to be reminded of what they overlooked. Lombardi would continue to walk his team through the fundamentals of how to block and tackle. He even took the playbook and started from page 1!