Monday, August 20, 2007

Waiting - Part 4

I think our pastor must have been reading my blog because he spoke about waiting this Sunday! I'll have to ask him! LOL We''re starting through Nehemiah, and the time period from when he heard and grieved over the destruction of Jerusalem to when he actually asked the king to go was from around November to April (ish). That's a lot of waiting! While he waited I'm sure he prayed and planned, but still, he couldn't take any action in the waiting time.

So I guess that's ok. Not only is it ok, I'm kind of starting to gather that it is GOOD.

The other questions I haven't really touched on from my earlier post:

3.) How do I wait? (I tend to get restless and impatient)

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I am to wait patiently and without anger.

4.) What am I supposed to be waiting for?

Apart from the day to day things we are all waiting for, I'm also supposed to be waiting for Him to return.

2 Timothy 4:8
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

1 Corinthians 1:7
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

I Thessalonians 1:10
...wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Titus 2:13
while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ...

We have something better than this life to be waiting for!! I need to keep that perspective constantly on the forefront of my mind. I might not know the future in regard to our family, but I do know the future when it comes to my eternity, and in that alone I can find joy in the midst of anything.

5.) When will we be done waiting?

I'm not a scholar on this or anything, but in Revelation 6:11 there is a group of people who are told to "wait a little longer until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed."

Will there be any waiting after that? I don't know... it is just a question I enjoy pondering, because if Adam had to wait for Eve before the fall, and there are saints in Heaven still waiting, then waiting in and of itself isn't bad. So I need to change my perspective appropriately.


I guess waiting is ok, I'm supposed to be patient and obey in the process, and be ready when God says "Go." To stay focused, I should look to the future that I do have confidence in - our Perfect Eternity with God! And that's something worth waiting for!

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