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Hands-On Bible Activity about Patience

“But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love and mercy.” Nehemiah 9:17b, NLT

From the Hands-On Bible

The Israelites kept a little pattern going that went like this:

  1. Everything was OK
  2. They’d start worshiping false gods
  3. Things would go bad
  4. They’d ask God for help
  5. Everything was OK

This little pattern had been going on for more than 1,000 years. (If you were sitting in the care for 1,000 years, you could drive across the United States more than 90,000 times.) But God never stopped loving, forgiving, and waiting for the Israelites.

Read Nehemiah 9:17b again to see just how patient God is!

Let’s see how patient you are!

  1. Fill a plastic cup with potting soil, and drop in a few seeds.
  2. Cover the seeds with soil, and add water.
  3. Watch the cup until you see the seeds start to grow.

When a plant comes up, remember that God always watches over, forgives, and waits for you!

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