Tuesday, December 24, 2013

As I mentioned before, my small group went through this Advent study together through the season this year. The lessons that stood out to me most were those from week 1 and week 5, lessons about waiting. Israel waited for the Messiah, and we are still waiting for his second coming.

We talked through some things each of us is hoping for in her life, but the true promises from God's Word that we wait for come down to waiting on Heaven. If you are a child of God, you wait for Him to come back to earth and you wait for eternity with Him.

In our waiting, we must remember that God's timing is not like our timing, and we ought to live holy and godly lives (2 Peter 3).

I wait for my Savior at Christmas, and I wait every day for his return, for the fullness of the glory of God both in heaven and here on earth. I look forward to my heavenly body in times of pain and sickness. I long for eternity, knowing Him fully and seeing what I know now by faith. More immediately, I want to see his glory in life's little moments: realizing I've finally forgiven what I could only let go with his help, being loved when I don't deserve it, seeing friends healed, beholding his magnificent creation, opportunities to share the gospel, divine connections with others, deep and abiding love that only comes from God.

What are you waiting for?

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