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Friday, December 23, 2016

Think About It

Waiting
by,Pastor B.J. Knefley

Life, as I’m sure you have noted, is filled with waiting. We wait the birth of a child; we wait in line; we wait at the Doctor’s office; and we wait, just about everywhere. Today I waited for 9am to arrive for my appointment with the garage to get my truck inspected. Now I’m waiting for it to be finished. Waiting is such and important part of our life so why do we despise it so much?

The other day I remarked to my wife that I was surprised that Christmas was almost upon us. Her remark? “You do know that it comes the same time every year don’t you?” Like I didn’t know that!

In the midst of our waiting there are appointed times that come. Such is the case of Christ. Did you know that the Apostle Paul said, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law” (Gal 4:4)? Sometimes we’re told to wait for the appointed time such as it was for Habakkuk (Hab 2:3).

Although it’s true that life is filled with waiting, much of that waiting is due to our own plans and schedules. Some of it is just about the season of life that we find ourselves in both naturally and physically. Yet, there is another type of waiting that is related to faith. Waiting for the fulfillment of a promise. Such is the case of Jesus. The promise of his arrival was spoken of in Isaiah long before he arrived. It was a promise that the Jews waited patiently for, and one that they longed for. Sadly most saw his coming as one that would free them from physical oppression, but God had other ideas. He was coming to deliver them from spiritual oppression. He was coming to truly set them free.

Many are still waiting to be free. Free from the bondage of relationships, poor choices, financial strain, and a host of other things. Jesus said that he came to set the captives free, (Luke 4:18). Perhaps, just perhaps the deliverance you’ve been waiting for came over 2000 years ago and is just waiting for your response of faith and trust. If what you’ve been trying hasn’t worked, then perhaps it’s time for something new. Think about it.

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