Last year, I let my kids stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. They were bursting with anticipation and constantly kept an eye on the clock as they waited for the big moment to arrive. We turned on the tv just in time to watch the sparkling ball descend and usher in the start of 2017. Then my kids turned to me with disappointed faces and whined, “Was that it?! That was the big ball??” I don’t know what they were waiting for, but the reality didn’t live up to the expectation.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you waited for something you thought would be wonderful, and it turned out to be mediocre. Maybe you’re still waiting, and you wonder if your waiting will be worth it.
We’ve been talking about God’s faithfulness for the past few weeks. We’ve seen that God keeps His promises. We’ve learned that we can hold on to our hope and entrust our souls to our faithful Creator. Today we ask the question, “If we are convinced of God’s faithfulness, how should we respond?”
We find a clue in Romans 8:25:
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Are you still hoping for what you don’t yet see? Wait for it with patience.
We wait patiently with confidence because we know our hope will not put us to shame (Romans 5:5).
We wait patiently with peace because God knows what we need (Philippians 4:19).
We wait patiently with expectation because there will be a glorious end to our waiting (1 Peter 5:10).
We won’t get to the end of our wait and find disappointment. We won’t frown and ask, “Is that it?!” When we see the Father’s glory and His faithfulness to His children, we’ll find it was worth every second of our faith-filled wait.
No matter what you face this week, wait patiently because the Lord is faithful.
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