Advent Devotion, Tuesday 5 December 2017
Surprise…We Wait; God Works!
By Lynda Lindsey
Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him. You meet with those who happily do what is right, who keep a good memory of the way you work. Isaiah 64:4-5 The Message
Just think—-you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. I Corinthians I:7-9 The Message
We will never turn our back on you, breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name! Psalm 80:18 The Message
God’s coming into the world, and into our life, creates surprises. Zachariah was astonished…he and Elizabeth, old, past the age of childbearing, would have a son, who would herald Messiah. Mary, young, unmarried, would be visited by God, resulting in a surprise that would astound the world. Joseph was utterly surprised, for he knew with certainty that the child in Mary’s womb wasn’t his. Regardless of the ancient promise of Messiah, the world waited until the fullness of God’s time was accomplished.
To wait is to anticipate, look forward to, and be ready for an event. We wait for mundane, trivial events, as well as significant, extraordinary occurrences. We wait for the coffee to brew. For the jury to deliver a verdict. We wait for the doctor’s diagnosis. We wait. We hope. Sometimes we dread what the waiting will reveal. But we wait. And while we wait, God works. Our part is to do what is right in God’s eyes. To keep before us a good memory of the way God works. To rehearse His mercies. To reflect on His goodness. God, through His Holy Spirit, has given us everything we need to wait patiently, expectantly, for Jesus’ second Advent.
It is God who works and we who wait for Him. Ironically we get spiritual truths backwards. We work and expect God to wait for us. Scripture clearly asserts that God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. He comes to the aid of those who gladly do right, who remember His ways. God works, breathing life into our lungs. What can we do but shout His name, praising the Almighty! Take a risk. Trust Jesus! The surprise? Freedom to, “Live well, live blessed!” (Luke 8:48 The Message)
Advent…a time of waiting, watching, anticipating. Wait expectantly. Happily do what’s right. Shout His praises. We have everything we need! Watch what God, the great I AM, will do! Wait!
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