What I’m listening to: Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley
Welcome to Day 9 of our Advent series! If you’re up to speed, congrats(!), if not, be sure to check out the previous posts. The first one explains a little more about the series. Now, let’s take a look at today’s verses from Isaiah.
Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t wait any longer for something? Whether it be the finish of the school year or a seemingly endless meeting, it’s easy to feel impatient. However, this is why God has offered us one more gift. Today is our last day in our four day series-within-a-series. We previously talked about three of the four gifts that God offers us: the gifts of love, faith and hope. Our last gift is the gift of peace. We often think of patience as different than peace, but they are really almost inseparable. Without patience for God’s promises to be fufilled how could we be at peace? The Bible is filled with stories of people who disobeyed the Lord and shattered their peace because of their impatience (looking at you Abraham). While it is easy to want everything to happen right now, it is always worth it when we let God unfold His plan in His time.
Prayer Prompt: Ask the Lord to give you patience, even with people or situations that may seem exasperating.