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December 2012

Faithfully Waiting

By: Vanessa Small

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

Advent is a season of waiting. Have you ever found yourself in your own season of waiting? Waiting for God to reveal what your next step should be, waiting for the fog to lift, waiting for answers to prayer?

It can be difficult waiting when we do not know what lies ahead. Yet, as we continue to wait, we also must continue to trust in the Lord, with our eyes fixed on Him.

Hebrews 11 begins by describing the attributes of a faith and follows with numerous examples of individuals from the pages of Scripture who lived by faith: Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many more. We see these people as great heroes of the faith. Indeed, they are great examples for us. However, the people in this chapter are not remembered because they were great people; the thing that set them apart was their faith in a great God.

They turned to the Lord and lived in faith even when they faced trials and hard times. They could not always perceive the big picture or see the finish line. These individuals could have backed down from faith, but they remained faithful. We see the end of their stories and celebrate the blessings that was a result of their faith and obedience.

For us, it may be difficult at times to live by faith since we cannot foresee the end of our journey. Sometimes it can be difficult to trust through the fog. However, we do know the ultimate end of the story, and there is victory for those who are faithful.

Moving forward through the fog can be difficult. However, we must continue to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, remaining focused on Him, not on the uncertain situations around us. He has given us His Word as a light for our path.

Even when you can’t see the road ahead in your life, trust God to guide you. He faithfully keeps His promises, and that is exactly what we remember and celebrate at Christmastime. The people of God waited for years and years for God to fulfill His promise and send the long-awaited Messiah. Finally, in that stable in Bethlehem, the Promised One came at just the right time.

During the Advent season, and all year long, let us continue to “be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV). We are promised strength for the journey, as we continue to trust and obey and wait for His return.

Do you have situations in your life in which you see more fog than clear skies? How is God challenging you to trust Him more today?

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