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Waiting and Hoping | Week of December 16th

From the sermon series: Preparation

Waiting and Hoping

“The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.”
Proverbs 10:28

Waiting and hoping are themes of Advent. In this season, you anticipate the celebration of the birth of your Savior, but also wait and hope for His return. Until that day, it is man’s responsibility to wait actively. A few Biblical examples can reveal some of the ways to do this.

  • The prophet Elijah, exemplifies waiting with an intensity of prayer (1 Kings 18:42)
  • Paul and Silas use their time of waiting in prison by praying and praising God (Acts 16:25)
  • Simeon desires to be in the presence of Jesus and see the prophecies fulfilled (Luke 2:25)

Active waiting should include intensive prayer of thanks and petitions, partaking worthily of Holy Communion to be in the presence of the Lord, and praising God for His wondrous works. Waiting, as directed by Scripture, will lead to joy and fulfillment. As Proverbs 10:28 says, “The hope of the righteous will be gladness.”

By the grace of God, through this active waiting, your will can be brought into line with the will of God. This is the ultimate goal of preparing for the coming of Christ. Actively waiting in the right way will bring joy and great reward.

 

What about a future with God are you most excited about?

What are the “expectations of the wicked” mentioned in today’s verse that will perish? Do you hold any of these expectations?

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