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Advent and the Waiting Game

Anchor Devotional - 12.02.17


“And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.”

Philemon 22

Advent is sandwiched between the promise of the coming King and the fulfilment of that promise. Similarly, much of our own lives are lived between promise and fulfilment.

We live overseas and don’t get to see our families very much. When we hear that grandparents are coming for a visit, everyone in our family gets very excited and can’t wait for the day they step off the plane. It would, however, be silly to just sit on the couch idly for weeks, waiting for them. Though our thoughts are filled with the anticipation of their coming, we must still get on with daily life. When the time draws nearer, we start making practical preparations. We don’t have a guest room per se, so one of our boys vacates his room and the transformation begins. Our activity is infused by the promise of the fulfilment of our longings.

The Old Testament promised a Savior who would make our hearts His dwelling. When we have accepted Jesus as Savior, His Spirit takes up dwelling in our hearts, preparing and renovating them to be His guest room.

Scripture Focus

Malachi 3:1

Insight

Meditate on how God’s dwelling in your heart changes the way you wait in difficult situations.

Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 43-44
  • Proverbs 2
  • Philemon