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Waiting with Patience

Anchor Devotional - 12.25.14


"But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
(ROMANS 8:24B-25)

Hebrews 11

I recall asking for a particular gift one year, then finding a wrapped package in my parents’ closet. I wanted so desperately to open it – to see if it contained the hoped-for gift!

We often wish that God would let us peek at what He is wrapping – to see if it looks like what we asked for. “But, God – the package appears to be all wrong!” Now, this may seem obvious, but faith – by definition – does not see. If you can see something, faith is unnecessary for belief. Consider these verses: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen” (Hebrews. 11:1). “…for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). “… while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

It requires “eternal eyes” to wait patiently until God unwraps the gift He has chosen for us. And His most magnificent Gift to us came wrapped in cloths and was laid in a manger.

Scripture Focus

Hebrews 11

Insight

GOD GAVE HIS BEST GIFT TO US - HIS SON JESUS. CAN WE NOT WAIT PATIENTLY TO SEE HOW HE'LL UNWRAP THE ANSWERS TO
OUR PRAYERS?

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