Summary: Based on the encounter with Simeon, how he waited and how we are to patiently wait for the return of Jesus
2nd Sunday in Advent
No one likes to wait
Was at Sam’s the other day….had to stand in line what seemed forever (probably only 10 minutes)
Was going to Vanderbilt for Jacob Maxwell’s surgery and got in morning traffic..took me over an hour to get there
We hate to wait…did you know that Russians spend 37 billion hours waiting in line each year for necessities…we Americans wouldn’t stand for it!
BUT HERE WE SEE A MAN WHO HAD WAITED
Simeon had been promised by God that he would see the consolation of Israel (we would call it the Millenium) The beginning of something new God was doing…SENDING HIS MESSIAH TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL
He had waited all his life for just this moment
How about us?
Newsweek recently reported that many young couples with young children are beginning to go back to church
BUT FOLKS ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A CHURCH WITH A CONSUMER MENTALITY
In fact members of churches are doing the same
ASKING, "WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?"
Knowing what we believe
Knowing what it means to be a Christian
Acting on the teachings of Jesus….
ALL THESE TAKE SECOND PLACE FOR SO MANY
WE WANT OUR RELIGION TO BE LIKE McDONALDS
FAST AND WITH LITTLE REAL MEANING
The result is many are disappointed in church and with the leadership, expecting more than what the current system can possibly deliver
God hardly ever in the Scriptures works that way
The Israelites in the Desert after God had delivered them from Egypt wanted instant answers to all their problems and griped and complained about everything
THAT GENERATION DIDN’T ENTER THE PROMISE LAND IF YOU RECALL
Even Jesus didn’t do what the people wanted and so they turned on him and hung him on a cross
WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR GOOD THINGS?
Healings, answers to prayers, spiritual growth?
The best place for cultivating patience is in waiting on God. There we discover how impatient we are, and what our impatience means. We confess at times we are impatient with men and circumstances that hinder us, or with ourselves and our slow progress in the Christian life.
If we truly set ourselves to wait upon God we shall find that it is with him we are impatient, because he does not at once, or as soon as we could wish, do our bidding. It is in waiting upon God that our eyes are opened to believer in his wise and sovereign will. We also see that the sooner and the more completely we yield absolutely to it, the more surely his blessing can come to us.
THERE ARE REASONS FOR WAITING….
1. WAITING MAKES US WALK BY FAITH
He may have reasons for delay we can’t appreciate
If we do receive everything right away imagine how spoiled we’d be
2. WAITING PRODUCES THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES
Look at that list in Galatians, the fruit is love that contains all sorts of good things that are developed by time
3. WAITING HELPS US IN SEEKING GOD
4. Ps. 130:5 -6 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.