The patience of the Lord can be a heavy burden.
Moses was well-acquainted with the patience of God. He pled for Israel when they betrayed the Lord with the Golden Calf. For years he dealt with the Israelites in the desert, their complaining and recalcitrance. They "vexed the Holy One of Israel," and still God bore it, restraining his wrath and refusing to cut them off. God's patience is a central, defining feature of his character. But this wasn't always a comfort to Moses. Rather than being left to deal with the grumbling and sin of his people, he asks God to kill him outright. continue reading >>