Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good new to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heavens, things into which angels long to look. Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:8-13
Advent, formed from a Latin word meaning "coming" or "arrived" is about the coming of Christ. It 's the celebration of the first advent of Jesus and the anxious awaiting of His second.
My Savior started to speak to His child as the Advent service progressed. The most overwhelming joy for the Advent season, lifted my heavy heart. I believe my age and life experiences are allowing me to enter this Advent season in a deeper depth than years before. The first teaching was over patience and expectations. Where is our Hope?
Quotes from our church Advent Guide
"Expectations are powerful. We long to trust possessions, people and ideas with our hope - hope of something greater than what we currently have. Relationships, careers, and entertainment willingly receive our expectations. To the degree that we think each will deliver, anticipation grows inside of us. The voice of childhood may change tone through the years, but the same gut response comes with every disappointment: But you promised....
There is no more powerful expectation than patience in the promises of God, for He has provided the Lamb, and the Lamb is the coming King."
There is where my Savior meet me....His promises and my lack of patience in His promises. There in the sanctuary I sang out..
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
- Consider what you place expectations on and how that affects you when they are not met. Are you patience or irritable?
- If we place our hopes in finite things, which never fully meet our expectations, it seems that are meant for something greater. What things have you trusted in for the joy of your heart instead of Jesus. Who is fully able to meet your every need?
- God's faithfulness is proven as each of His promises comes true. Where are you tempted to forget or distrust His faithfulness to you in Jesus?