Friday, August 13, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 9:1 – 28 Your reading time will be worth the investment.
Most of us like immediate answers. Ask for a hamburger now, and in less than two minutes it should be in my hands.
Small children are headliners when it comes to patience. When the two-year-old says, “Now!” they really mean ‘It should have been in my mouth two minutes earlier.’
Disciples of Jesus are also waiting. Great anticipation surrounds the event which we believe alters everything—the return of Christ. About that glorious day songs have been written, prayers lifted and tears beyond counting rolled over cheekbones. Thankfully, Scripture provides world-class encouragement to waiters.
After a long and lengthy theological syntactical display, the 9thchapter of the Book of Hebrews deposits golden wisdom in faith’s vault. Speaking about that Day, Scripture declares the spiritual wealth of Christ Who “…bring[s] salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).
In our waiting we join the heritage of believers like Abraham, “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Abraham’s wait extends from the very long ago, to a time perhaps ten thousand years from today; and, there is struggle in waiting for the Day.
Disciples wait believing in the surety of Him Who is Christ. We were called and now choose to live believing in the One Who answers as we pray, “Come quickly Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Which spiritual disciplines sustain your faith as you wait for the Day?
Are you aware of moments when waiting for Christ’s return is most challenging?
Are you able to help sustain others who struggle with the waiting?