DayBreaks for 3/14/19 – How Jesus Waits

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DayBreaks for 3/14/19: How Jesus Waits

From the DayBreaks archive, March 2009:

Oh, boy.  As I write this, I’m waiting for a phone call that I hope won’t come.  It is Friday night and I’m finally home and this is the last thing I have to do this week before I can take some time off.  But…I got a phone call not long ago.  I may have to take someone down to the emergency room.  I hope not – I don’t want this person to be injured (they are, but the question is whether or not they need to go to the emergency room because of it), and selfishly, I must confess, this has been a hectic week and I’m tired and I’ve been looking forward to a quiet evening at home with my wife and two dogs and maybe playing with my camera a bit (one of my hobbies).  Waiting…tick, tock, tick, tock…I don’t like waiting.

This morning I waited for my wife to get ready to drive to Santa Rosa.  At the store, we had to wait in line to buy a couple books.  Then, we had to wait in line at Circuit City (they were having the final 2 days of their going out of business sale and it was a madhouse).  We went to Jack in the Box (a cheap date meal!) and had to wait there.  I wonder how much time we spend on average in waiting? 

We are an impatient lot.  If we wait for what we consider to be too long of a time, we get angry and insolent.  After all, we have places to go and things to do and people to see, right?  Waiting…tick, tock, tick, tock…I don’t like waiting.

I don’t like people to have to wait on me.  Let me be 20 minutes early rather than 10 seconds late.  I’m happy that way!  But then I often have to wait anyway because the person I was to meet with isn’t ready for me yet!!!!  Aarrrghhh!!!!

Have you ever thought about Jesus and how he must wait?  He’s waiting to hear the word, “Go!” from the Father to return to the earth and sift the wheat and tares.  He’s waiting to cast Satan and his angels into the pit.  And here’s a shocking one: in the Lord’s Prayer, he prayed “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  I think he’s still waiting for most of that to come true, too, don’t you?

How does Jesus wait?  Calmly, patiently.  Of course, he has an advantage over us: time has neither hold on him nor bearing over him.  We have finite time.  Maybe that’s why we get so impatient.  But we need to learn to emulate Jesus in our waiting as well as in our walking.  We can redeem the time we spent waiting by meditating on a passage of Scripture, on singing a song to the Lord in our head or out loud (depending on the circumstances).  We can read a Christian book (please, preferably not fiction – but something with some real meat to it).  We can talk to those around us about how much joy and peace we have – and who knows, maybe the conversation will lead to the point we can share our faith.  It’s a much better way to wait than by fuming.

Prayer:  Jesus, may we learn to redeem our waiting time and to honor you in it!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>


DayBreaks for 04/19/11 – Why Christians Can’t Wait

DayBreaks for 04/19/11 – Why Christians Can’t Wait

Its hard to wait when you know the best is just ahead...

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. – 1 Corinthians 15:26

Have you ever noticed how so many Christians seem to be impatient?  They are very frequently impatient with the faults and failings of others – including their brothers and sisters in the Lord’ family.  They are impatient with themselves for not being more sanctified than they are at the present moment.  They are impatient with a world that is full of pain and aggravation and suffering and injustice.  Why is that?

I am sure that there are probably many reasons, but I believe that Jurgen Moltman, in his work, Theology of Hope, has hit upon perhaps one of the greatest reasons: “If Paul calls death the “last enemy” (1 Cor. 15:26), then the opposite is also true: that the risen Christ, and with him the resurrection hope, must be declared to be the enemy of death and of a world that puts up with death. That is why faith, wherever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience . …Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is.”

It is the Christian hope itself that causes patience at some level.  We know we, and others, are not what we ought to be – and we are impatient for the completion of our sanctification in glory above.  We know that this world is full of suffering and we long for the injustices and hatred and killings and brutality to be done – and that will only happen when the trumpet blast pierces the air and the Lord descends with a great shout.  We long for the fullness of redemption – not just for ourselves, but for all things.  And it is the resurrection and the promises it holds for us that evokes our impatience.  We know something better awaits – and we are eager for it!

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. – Hebrews 9:28

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

PRAYER: There’s a great day coming, Lord, and we join with the martyrs under the altar is crying, “How long, Lord Jesus?”  Even as we eagerly await the promises of the new world and everlasting righteousness in all things, help us to persevere with patience!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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