Sunday, December 1, 2013

Waiting and Watching


Waiting and Watching - Something is About to Happen
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Romans 12:11-14 (NIV)
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Today Pastor Jerry announced that we begin the Advent Season.  One of our Church ladies read the traditions of the Greens and symbols of Christmas.  The greenery represents "Life,” and the purple candles remind us of "royalty."  Then the first purple candle of “Expectation,” was lit.

The promise was given long ago and there was an air of anticipation as people waited for their Messiah to be born.

Although we know how Jesus came to earth, was born in a manger, lived and died so that we might live, and went to heaven to prepare a place for us; we also wait and expect his return.  During Advent there is a time of preparation, as we make ready and renew our commitment to Jesus.

We are in a mood of expectation waiting and watching for His return.  Something is about to happen.  We often wonder what next? 

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that the Jewish people often forgot about God and they were punished by foreign nations coming to destroy their cities and take many captive.  When they repented and cried out to the Lord, often God stepped in to save them. 

One such happening was when the King of Assyria was encamped around them ready to destroy Jerusalem.  The people cried unto the Lord and the next morning the King and his army had disappeared.  A messenger had sent the king a letter that a rebellion was happening in his Kingdom and he must hurry home to stop it.  The result was that Jews enjoyed peace for many decades.

How then are we to act when we are delivered?  Isaiah suggested that the people should glorify God and be a light unto all people; to be obedient to the Lord and live peacefully with one another. 

As humans they tended to backslide and 165 years later the massive kingdom of Babylon came and hauled off many of the Jews and destroyed their cities.  Again God delivered them.

Matthew 24:36-39 (NIV)
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Beside all this we know that the time is near.  It behooves us to put on the armor of light and lay aside all works of darkness.  We are not comfortable living in darkness.  Wake up for Salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  Christ will come at an unexpected time.

Many through out the ages have predicted a day and even a date.  Time went by and nothing changed; Christ did not arrive as announced, and they returned to normal times.

Our lives seem secure, yet we all have issues that touch our families.  Like a thief in the night – things are disrupted. 

God is still moving and he gives us a bit more time to be ready.

We are patiently waiting and watching!
 
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5 comments:

  1. Have a blessed and beautiful first week of Advent. Thanks for a lovely and thought-provoking read from Spiritual Sunday.

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  2. Great theology and reminder of the truth of our human condition. This isn't the Garden of Eden and we all have to pass from this flesh to be in perfection with Him. Coming indeed.

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  3. "Something is about to happen. We often wonder what next?"

    Exactly. And I need to be reminded that God will be in the "next" so I should indeed watch with patience and expectation. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Dear Hazel
    This reminds me just how our God views time. Being the Creator of time as well, a thousand years to Him is like a day and vice versa. When we get discouraged because it seems as if our King is really taking His time to return, we can just look around us and see His love and mercy when we see how many people are still not in His Kingdom. It is His passionate desire that not one of those would perish, but repent and receive Eternal Life!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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  5. We should always keep our feet on the ground, and our eyes on the sky. This is a great time of year to once again remember how very blessed we are, and to remember that our Lord and Savior is coming back again!

    GOD BLESS!

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