God is not patient in the sense that we are when we wait our turn at the dentist’s. His patience is an active power which (in both senses) bears the world, causing it to move to a fixed end, and which also bears each individual, making him advance in the way of God. His patience is also a power which gives the world and each individual enough time for this advance to be their own act, the fruit of their experience, investigation, and choice.

Jacques Ellul

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