Advent 2017 – Day 23

The malls are full of last-minute shoppers racing hither and yon, trying to find just the right gifts – or any gift! – for a boss or a friend or family member. Do you ever feel like you are the only one waiting, while the rest of the world rushes on past you?

Scripture assures us that you and I are not the only ones in a holding pattern. In Romans 8:21,22, Paul tells us that all nature is anxious to be released from the curse of Adam. It groans as it waits for freedom from death and decay. And then Rev. 6:9-11 speaks of souls of martyrs that rest under God’s altar and who also await redemption. They cry out, “How long will it be, Lord, before you avenge our blood?” And God tells them to wait a little longer.

In Rev. 7:1-3, we learn that even the angels await release. The Spirit tells the angels, “Wait! Don’t hurt the land…until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”

If you are tired of waiting for God to act, take heart and remember that your wait is short, almost a pittance, compared to these others who have waited for hundreds, even thousands of years for God to complete his eternal plan. But one day we will all rejoice together in the throne room of God!


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