There’s a HUGE difference in the way believers should be waiting.
If we believe that God is in control. That what happens in our lives has reason and meaning. That even when we can’t see or understand what’s going on…God is still in the business of “working all things for our good” (Romans 8:28).
Then we should be expecting something—anticipating God to do something.
As we draw ever nearer to Christmas, I pray that we would find our childlike faith. Watch a child and how they are just about to burst with anticipation.
God is about to break into the scene afresh.
Anticipate it. Expect it. Rejoice in it.
PRAYER: God, I want to believe you are working all things for my good. I don’t always see it. I don’t expect it. Forgive me for doubting and looking for the other shoe to drop. Renew my childlike faith and give eyes to see you working anew and afresh. Amen.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6
I have a friend who says God wired certain people to work third shift. I am not one of them.
But I have had to work third shift, and so I get what the Psalmist is talking about.
I would start my shift well, but somewhere around 3:00 the hours would begin to drag and staying awake became the hugest chore of all. I would start begging the hands of the clock to move.
I’d scan the horizon for any sign of morning light.
And now I wonder: do I look and long with that same intensity for the Lord?
Advent gives us the opportunity to practice, but are we even looking?
PRAYER: God, we confess that our souls are often very weak at watching. We are consumed with the daily-ness of life. In these remaining days of Advent help us to be faithful watchers, anticipating and longing to see you every step of the way. Amen.