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The Wait is Over

This week is a time to celebrate. We celebrate because our wait is over. The One we’ve been waiting for arrives and we read that Jesus shall be called Immanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23). With that said, there are many people who feel alone this time of year. But God’s presence has nothing to do with your feelings. You see, God came to Earth to remind you and me that He is always with you. No matter where you are and no matter what you’re feeling God is with you. The Bible says, “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Psalm 139:7)

You may have been abandoned in your life, by a spouse, by a parent, or by a friend, but God is with you. The Bible says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) and one of God’s great promises in the Bible is that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned” (Isaiah 43:2).

I don’t know what difficulty you’re going through right now or where in your life you are facing a great battle, but I do know that whatever your struggle, you are not alone. God is with you! So do not be afraid because God’s presence conquers your loneliness, your anxiety and your fears.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

How Long?

Currently we are in the season of Advent and, by definition, Advent is a season of waiting. It is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, who was born in a stable and changed the world forever. You see, we can wait with happiness and celebration and hope this Advent season because we know who is coming and He is worth the wait.

But in our daily life, we often don’t find happiness and celebration during our waiting. We long for hope, but after waiting our hope fades and we get frustrated or impatient or scared and we cry out “How long?”

“How long until my body is healed?”

“How long will I be controlled by this addiction?”

“How long will I be unemployed and not be able to provide for my family?”

“How long do I have to sit back and watch my marriage fall apart because my spouse isn’t vested like I am?”

“How long must I live with this depression?”

“How long do I have to be single?”

“How long do we have to wait to have a baby?”

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever” (Psalm 13:1a)?

Waiting is hard. You get tired of waiting because you think what you’re waiting for will never come. So you quit praying and you quit trusting because you think God doesn’t care and He has forgotten you. I want to tell you in this moment that God has not forgotten you. In a passage about comforting God’s people, the prophet Isaiah said, “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). This gives me hope in my waiting.

So, no matter what it you’re waiting for, you can wait with happiness and hopeful anticipation, because the One who makes everything better, the One who fulfills our greatest desires, the One who makes all things new and whose birth we are celebrating next week…He is worth the wait.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Wait for It

So, we are in the season of waiting. That what Advent is, it is a season of waiting, waiting with joyful anticipation of our coming Savior. But, seldom is there joy in waiting. There isn’t joy because we are often waiting for good news that seems like it will never arrive. Some of you are waiting for employment. There are couples who are waiting for the gift of child. Maybe your marriage is crumbling right in front of you and you’re waiting for your wondering spouse to return. Perhaps you’re waiting for forgiveness. You’re waiting for a call from your doctor saying that you’re going to be okay. There are some who are waiting for that morning to come when they actually feel like getting out of bed.

Most of us have experienced or are experiencing a painful time in our lives. If you haven’t yet…just wait. It is in these moments that we hope for good news, but too often we find ourselves waiting and we don’t know if it is ever going to get better. What do you do in those moments? In this season, we look to the manger and we see the One who changed the world forever. But we have to wait and that is hard for us because we want to be in control. We want things to happen in our time, but things don’t happen that way do they?

The Bible says that it was the sixth month of the year that the angel was sent to Mary (Luke 1:26). Luke provides a specific time when the angel announced the miraculous conception of Jesus to Mary. Additionally, Paul writes in his letter to Galatians, that in “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4), God sent His Son. You see, there was an exact time in human history that God designed for the appearance of Jesus, our Savior. God didn’t say that, “maybe now is a good time.” No, it was specifically timed; it was part of a plan.

So my friend, no matter what you’re going through, no matter how dark your circumstance is, the Lord has the right moment for you and will penetrate the darkness with light. Just as it was perfectly timed with the birth of Jesus, there is a precise moment when the Lord will approach you and your waiting will be over.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Hope in Waiting

I love to wait! I love to wait in line at the DMV with two small children. I love it when I am on hold. I love to wait at a stop light and I especially love to wait in traffic. How about you? Do you enjoy waiting? No! I didn’t think so. Ok, ok, ok, the truth be known, I hate waiting. I don’t have the patience to wait. In fact, I come from a long line of patience deficient people. But waiting is part of our lives; it’s one of those joyless things that we do. Every day we wait for something and this time of year is no exception. This time, though, we’re waiting for something or rather Someone awesome.

Currently we are in the season of Advent and, by definition, Advent is a season of waiting. It is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, who was born in a stable and changed the world forever.
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After the birth of Jesus, we are told that he was presented at the temple. We are also told of a man named Simeon. Simeon was a righteous and devout man and Simeon had been waiting. He had been waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). Now consolation means to receive comfort by a person after a loss or disappointment. So, are you experiencing some kind of loss in your life right now? How about disappointment? Maybe you recently lost a loved one or maybe you have a prodigal child. Maybe your marriage is falling apart. Perhaps you didn’t get that promotion at work. For some of you, maybe it’s that sin you keep going back to. You see, we all experience loss and disappointment in different ways, and what we need to think about is how we find hope for what we’re going through.

Well, my friend, we find our hope in waiting. We find our hope in the One who was born in a stable and changed the world forever. In this season of waiting, what loss are you experiencing; what disappointments do you have that are bringing you down? What is it you’re waiting for?

“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)