In the Waiting Years

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
waiting.jpgToday’s Readings: Luke 9:28-36; 1 Thess. 1; Ps. 135; 1 Chron. 23-25.

1st and 2nd Thessalonians are two treasures nestled in God’s Word, which
seldom receive much attention. The most common exception to this is when
folks are looking for verses regarding Christ’s return. Then, we most often run
to these two letters to proof-text a few isolated verses. This sadly, ignores both
the overarching theme of the letters, as well the more subtle concerns
embedded in them. Christ’s second coming is ever and always a subject of
great interest. As well it should be. Not in that we make the inquiry into a
speculative curiosity, but that it is the hope of every Believer. Specifically then,
these letters serve to help us formulate the proper way to live in the
intervening years. In fact, 1:9 & 10 gives us one of the most concise and
precise digests of the Christian life to be found in Scripture. It is contained in
these two precious thoughts: “how you turned to God from idols to serve the
living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from
the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” O what a blessed
salvation! To be freed from every false god and idol, either external or internal,
and to live in the glorious expectation of His soon return. This IS Christianity.
Deliverance unto blessed union. Freed to be joined to Him in everlasting,
infinitely intimate joy. Having the bonds of every human, worldly, fleshy or
demonic fetter broken, and loosed to live in freedom with God, love with God,
fearlessness, joy, satisfaction, pleasure, peace, contentment, fullness and
sweetness. Never again to groan in sin and shame. Never again to feel pain,
heartache, disappointment, doubt, fear, weariness or sorrow of any kind. That
beloved is what you are being delivered from, and looking forward to in the
highest possible reaches of God’s imagination – not your own. Joy unspeakable
and full of glory! A life throwing off those old chains at every turn and turning
your eyes toward Heaven in constant expectation. This is what it means to be a
Christian, a child of the Living God.


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