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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: God waits to be Gracious

by P. Brian Noble / November 1, 2019


Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, 

and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. 

For the Lord is a God of justice; 

blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18, ESV) 


God waits? Yes, God is waiting to be gracious to us. That’s why he isn’t moving as fast as we think he should be moving. Our gracious God knows that once he pulls the plug on this earth, his justice will kick in, so he desires to show mercy as long as he can. 

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 3:9, ESV) 

These two verses are amazingly similar. God isn’t slow. He truly desires to show mercy, not wishing that anyone should perish. He desires the entire human race to come to repentance. He is waiting because he is gracious. What should our response be? We should, in turn, wait patiently for him. We should not lose heart. 


In view of God’s justice, how might you change the way you view your enemy? Do you want him or her to experience the wrath of God? Do you want to take vengeance yourself? I want to encourage you: because God is gracious, you can ask him to help you to be gracious in your relationships. 


Lord, I recognize that you are a gracious God. Help me to express your grace to others…. Continue praying. 


P. Brian Noble

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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