Posted by Craig Borlase on 30 November 2017

O Come Emmanuel devotional

Christmas is coming. But this isn’t a post urging you to take time to be still in the midst of the chaos, and it’s not a rant against commercialism. If anything we want to get you even more amped up about it all. So knock back a fistful of Haribo with half a tub of cookies and cream and find those reindeer ears baby. Because CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!

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‘'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord…’

[Jeremiah 29:11-14]

Thought:

We all love it when God’s promises get fulfilled, right? There’s not much to beat those moments when you can sit back and know with absolute certainty that God has done exactly what He said He’d do.

Then there are the times when He makes those promises.Those are pretty sweet too. How great is it when we have one of those deep-down hunches that God has just let us in on a secret and revealed just a glimpse of His plans?

But what about the gap in between? How do we feel when we find ourselves waiting for God to act?

Those long, silent days, months and years.

Nope, we don’t like it much either.

Ask any child who has ever searched the darkest corners of the house for Christmas presents, and they’ll tell you that patience isn’t the easiest of virtues. And yet maybe they’re onto something. Could it be that as Christians we’re supposed to be doing something while we’re waiting for God’s great promises to arrive?

Take another look at the verses above. God knows the plans He has for us – that’s stating the obvious – but it’s the second sentence that shines a light. ‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me…’ We’re supposed to be active while we’re waiting for God to fulfil those promises. We’re supposed to be searching for Him, nagging Him, listening to Him. Why? Because relationship with Him is precisely what we’re made for.

Invitation:

What are you waiting on God for? Remind yourself of His promises and take time today to think, pray and (most important of all) listen to Him. And if you’re stuck and can’t think of any of His plans He’s revealed to you, why not find someone you know and trust and talk and pray about it?

Prayer:

God, it can be so hard to wait at times. We can panic and stress out and try to manage the situation for ourselves. Help me do better. Help me fill the time by hunting for you. Help me to know where to find you. 

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