"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path."Psalms 119:105
Waiting is inevitable in our lives. We wait for the mailman to come, we wait for dinner to finish cooking, we wait in traffic, or we are waiting at the doctor’s office. We are constantly waiting for something in our lives. Advent is another period in our lives where we are waiting, and week two specifically calls us on to prepare for the coming of our Lord. But instead of being impatient and annoyed that it is just another part of our lives that we have to wait-we should be waiting in joyful anticipation or joyful hope.
Goodness gracious! As said before this isn’t a season where we are called to consistently repent as we are in Lent. But, we should be calling ourselves on to wait in joyful hope.
I recently just had our second child, Sebastian. You spend nine months anticipating the arrival of the baby, scared of the pain that can come with delivery and excited to see all of the unique features of this human being. Growing up, I knew I wanted children, so these two times I have been pregnant, have been such a blessing. They have been long awaited- and the outcome I have received from them has been more than worth the wait.
When we are asked to wait for something, usually the longer we have to wait the greater the outcome. Think about it, as scary as the second coming of the Lord can be, think about how amazing that is going to be?! Reunited with those that we love, finally being with Jesus, the saints and his mama Mary? The long wait will be well worth it.
So even before Jesus in the times of B.C. those people never got to meet Christ, but they waited with the promise of forever and the promise of the Light. They prepared for his coming and accepted what the Lord gave them.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!-Psalm 27:13-14
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.- James 5:7-8
See, make room in your hearts- establish a firm foundation and prepare him room for he is coming.
Just as you may be preparing for houseguests, make sure that you have prepared for the ultimate houseguest. Have you prepared him room yet?
What isn’t allowing you to prepare for the ultimate house guest? And what can you do to prepare for Him?
- What are you doing to prepare room for Him outside of this Advent and Christmas season?
This year's study journal is broken into 4 parts.
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