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Isaiah 40:31 (TDV)

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A couple of weeks ago I used Isaiah 40:31 as part of my sermon series on the life of Joseph. Waiting time is not wasted time, for its during those moments of waiting that God does his work of preparing us for what lies ahead. Some of our members commented that what I did with the verse was helpful, so I thought I would paraphrase the verse and post it. I hope it encourages you today.

“Those who wait with a spirit of expectation for the Lord’s actions will discover that their hope in God renews their strength. Like soaring eagles they will have discernment which helps them have clarity and perspective. They will discover that God will re-energize them to meet the demands placed before them, like a marathon runner who gets stronger and stronger as the race progresses. Not only that, they will be consistent and steady in the day to day routine of life, never stumbling because they have lost their balance.” (Isaiah 40:31, TDV)

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Waiting for Christmas

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No season is more associated with waiting than Christmas. We count down the days, planning and preparing to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. We shop until we drop, by and large purchasing gifts we don’t really need with money we don’t really have. We bake and decorate to create an atmosphere that conveys warmth, security and joy, all the while watching the calendar.

But imagine for a moment that on Christmas Day all of your problems would be solved. Each of your worries would be eliminated. Your fears would be relieved and your enemies vanquished.  Imagine that all that you hope for would come to pass. How might that vision shape your anticipation for Christmas to come?

That’s exactly the kind of anticipation and hope that filled Israel some 2000 years ago. They too were waiting for Christmas, but in a different kind of way.

Most often when we think of waiting we think of it as the waiting of imposition or inconvenience. Long lines, heavy traffic, a late lunch appointment, the overscheduled doctor’s office, the check in the mail, the repairman who hit a snag at his previous house call. Those kinds of things.

But the waiting we read about in the Bible is not a waiting of imposition. It was a waiting for deliverance. Bible people in Bible times were waiting for someone to come and save them. They were waiting for someone who would come to right every wrong and save the day.

We celebrate Advent because the Deliverer has already come. Deliverance is available now. That is why the message of Jesus is called the “gospel;” it’s good news! Jesus is the joy of all people and the hope of the nations. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the promises of God. We celebrate a waiting that has been already fulfilled.

While deliverance has already come, we now wait for the final consummation of the Kingdom of God—the second Advent—the second coming of Christ. Jesus has come and we have been redeemed. But Jesus will come again and we will be fully restored. In Revelation 21:5, Jesus said, “Look! I am making everything new!” On that day our redemption will be full and complete. Humanity and creation will be fully restored. And that is something to look forward to!

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