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Advent – the Season of Waiting

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

profileAdvent is the season of waiting.  During this season we will do lots of waiting.  We will wait in lines at the Malls and Shopping Centers – we will wait in traffic getting to and fro whether we are headed where everyone else is headed or not – and we will wait for Christmas parties and activities (and more).  Waiting is not new – we have been waiting for Christ’s return for over 2,000 years.

Have you ever wondered why it has taken over 2,000 years for Christ to return?  Talk about waiting!  Today’s passage gives us some insight into the love of God and why we are still waiting.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  It is a great teaching about the Advent – the waiting on Christ’s return!

2 Peter 3:3-13 – 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

Some – even in the church – are turning away from the truth of God’s Word.  The end is near.  But – we wait!  We wait for God and God’s timing.  Remember – The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  Yet at some point – God will say enough is enough and there will be those who will be saved and those who will be lost for eternity.

During this Advent season – keep your focus on Jesus as the reason for the season.  Walk with the Lord is love and faithfulness.  Turn from sin and turn to Jesus.  Repent and rejoice in the Lord.  Await the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 4, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. We find that lighting the Advent candle in the wreath at our dinner table helps us wait with expectation. Some One is coming! The joy of Christmas is increased beyond measure by the gift of waiting for Him to come. We truly have something to look forward to, the promised Messiah! Yes, that’s our focus during Advent, also, pondering the meaning of His coming. A blessed Advent to you and yours, Ray.

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