What’s the thing you’ve waited for the longest? Have you waited weeks, months, years, or even decades? Are you waiting on something important right now?
Maybe it is relationship related – you’re waiting for:
- That loved one to know Jesus Christ
- Your teenage child to engage with you again
- Your marriage – for the joy and peace to be restored
Or, it could be more personal – you’re waiting for:
- Your health to turn the corner
- That promotion or new job to help alleviate your financial burden
- An understanding of how God wants you to serve
Whatever you are waiting for, understand that you are not alone. Every single follower of Christ you meet today will be waiting on something (that whole second coming thing at a minimum). But while you are waiting it’s important to remember that God cares about how you are waiting.
 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
While you are waiting are you allowing people to see the hope that you have in Jesus Christ by:
– Walking in a manner worthy of the Lord?
– Are your actions, thoughts, and attitudes fully pleasing to him?
– Are you bearing fruit and increasing in the knowledge of Him today?
– Are you asking Him to strengthen you?
– Are you thanking Him for answering in His perfect timing?
– Are you remembering that all the hardships you are experiencing in your wait are temporary?
Feeling convicted? Don’t fret. Confess, repent, rejoice and seek to understand how to change.
– Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and then re-read Colossians 1:9-14. Based on the 2 Timothy passage what do you better understand about the Colossians passage.
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© 2017 Michael Martin