A Deep Lesson to Learn

“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.”—1 Corinthians 1:7 In the midst of this glorious season of Christmas, there is a deep lesson to learn and experience.

Patience. 

The believers in Corinth were encouraged and commended for “eagerly” waiting.

Waiting doesn’t resonate with our culture today. We have grown accustomed to the faster the better. The demand for instant everything has crept into every area of our lives.

Smartphone apps eliminate the need to wait for a cab, a date, or a table at your favorite restaurant. We can access news, banks accounts, school and work accounts – everything is fast and instant!

The danger of our hyper connected lives sounds like a prescription drug warning: Negative effects include the need for instant gratification and loss of patience.

 We expect things so quickly that we can’t wait for a few seconds for a movie to load or the internet to move to the next story or website.

Be honest. Have you ever yelled at your phone, computer, or iPad?

Yet, the supernatural and Spirit-filled life is, and always has been, filled with waiting, longing, and hope.

Abraham was given the promise of a Messiah and his people waited some two thousand years. And then some people didn’t recognize Him then or today and still wait!  We live in generation that has already waited nearly two thousand years for Messiah’s return.

We wait for answered prayers. We hope for and anticipate God’s blessings.

“You do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait,” the apostle wrote.

In these moments of yearning and waiting with patience, we grow in understanding and appreciation of the ways of the Lord.

The presents under the tree fill children (and grown ups) with anticipation and suspense. When they are finally opened, what joy explodes as wrapping paper and ribbons are torn off and flung aside! What joy to the giver and the receiver!

And as we grow older, we know the greater joy as the giver of gifts.

So our Heavenly Father views us, waiting patiently as He bestows His spiritual gifts upon us, and makes sure we lack nothing.

Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley