Today’s study from Daily Grace Co, focuses on Waiting for the coming Messiah, it is such a timely truth that needs to be applied to my life starting immediately. We all need to be more intentional in this time of waiting. God is always faithful to His people, maybe not immediately like we studied yesterday, but He is ALWAYS faithful.
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the LordGod called to the man, “Where are you?”
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife even though the Holy Spirit has made her pregnant.
I Desired His Promises
Growing up, my house was full of lots of Jesus. Lots of conversations about Jesus, church on multiple nights of the week, and conversations with Jesus sprinkled throughout our very hectic schedules. The older I got, I began desiring things like a challenging and rewarding job, a husband, a family, an active church family, and a community of people that surrounded me through all of it. I knew exactly what I wanted and was ready to receive. Because that’s what the verse says right? Ask and you shall receive.
Well, fast forward probably 12 years… and I’m still waiting on a few things. Yes, God has been so faithful on a great job that I love and a community of people that surround me and even an incredible church family… but I’m waiting on God to provide that family and husband I have prayed for for so long.
There are moments, I must admit, that I think maybe God forgot about me? Maybe, I’m not good enough for His promises. One thing I have learned through the waiting… Satan is the best benchwarmer there is. He is just waiting to be put into the game and mess God’s blessings up.
Just look at today’s scripture in Genesis 3. Satan didn’t just happen to slither into the garden that day that Eve was looking at the fruit, he had probably been making the fruit look shiny and subconsciously tempting Eve for weeks without her even knowing it. Because that is what he does best. He likes to chip away at us until we cave and call him into the game.
Satan wants to do everything in his power to keep us from receiving God’s blessings.
Review the list of my blessings up top. Out of the 5 things I mentioned I prayed for, I have received 3 of them – and they are big things… a community, a church family, a rewarding job.. not to mention healthy, stable, loving family – I have been blessed. And what I’ve learned is that through my waiting, God has been so faithful. He has been proving Himself true – saying ‘I can’t wait to fulfill my promises for you sweet Abby, it’s coming – don’t lose faith!’
God is so patient with us… I wonder we struggle to be patient back with Him?
When we desire something that just seems like it will never happen, I truly believe that that desire is going to be greater than what you can imagine right now. I keep referring to Ephesians 3:20 in these blog posts – but it’s so true and timeless. That God can do immeasurably more than we can think or imagine. Just think about that – in your finite mind, you might think you can control the situation, but what would happen if you just let go and let God and see how he could turn a tiny little mustard seed into a huge tree of blessings in your life??
Maybe your season of waiting is a job, maybe you are waiting for a child, or maybe you are waiting for someone you love to come back to Jesus. Isaiah 55:9 says; “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God’s promises are glorious. This season of waiting is why we celebrate Advent – Jesus is coming, His promises are fulfilled, and He is faithful. All we must do is trust.
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