3 Important Things You Need to Do While You Wait for Jesus
Dr. Warren Wiersbe wrote in the BE Series the following quote from Napoleon Bonaparte…
‘If Socrates would enter the room, we should rise and do him honor. But if Jesus Christ came into the room, we should fall down on our knees and worship Him.”
Truthfully, I don’t think there will be any “should” about it. When Jesus returns in all His glory every knee will bow before Him.
We wait and watch for that moment when…
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God.1 Thessalonians 4:16a
The people in Jesus time were watching and waiting, too. There had not been a prophet in Israel for more that 400 years. The Messiah had been promised but the waiting seemed to go on and on and the world felt darker and darker.
And in His perfect timing, God sent John the Baptist to proclaim the imminent arrival of the Messiah.
John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.John 3:3
And that is the message for all of us in 2021, too.
Repent and turn to God to be forgiven!
The good news for those of us who wait today is that we have the living and active Word of God to tell us the details of the One who is the Messiah proclaimed by God…
Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.Luke 3:21b–22
So, what are the 3 things you and I should do while we wait for Jesus?
- Repent – tell God you are truly sorry for your sins, that you no longer want to sin against Him.
- Turn to God in faith – tell God you want to trust and obey His will and ask Him to forgive you through Jesus.
- Worship – humbly bow before the Lord. Offer Him your life. Thank and praise Him for who He is and all He has done and continues to do.
Pray While You Wait for Jesus
Father, like earlier days of waiting, the world can feel darker and darker. The enemy of our souls is spreading lies and distorting Your truth and our wait seems long and worrisome.
But, by Your grace, we have Your promises. Promises I believe because, through Jesus, You have proven that You always keep every promise you make.
So, please forgive my sins. I am so sorry that I have failed to follow Your will for me. I believe that Jesus died for me and that You raised Him from the dead. I believe You gave Jesus, the Messiah, to suffer the punishment for my sins. I trust Jesus and with Your help, I pray to trust Him every day for the rest of my life. I worship You, Father. I worship You, Lord Jesus. And by the power of Your Spirit, I ask you to guide me and help me while I wait for Jesus to return. Amen.
Even when the wait seems long and difficult, we can trust God’s promises and follow the message of John the Baptist.
On today’s note write…
While I wait for Jesus, I will repent, turn to God in faith, and worship.
God bless you while you wait in faith through all the moments of your day.
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Amen, Deb! Repent, turn to God, and worship Him while we wait on Jesus’ coming again.
Thanks, Martha! HUGS!
I do enjoy your devotions and read them every night.
Thank you so very much, April! I am truly blessed by your encouragement. God be with you!
Thank you for taking the time to do what you do. Your prayers are beautifully written and in perfect timing each day. I appreciate knowing your blog and following your teachings. A job well done and look forward to the next…many blessings.
Thank you so much for your kind encouragement, Lily! I feel so blessed to be able to do this! I love being able to share my love for the Lord and just some of the ways He has worked in my life. God bless you!
Repent, worship, and have faith! Amen and amen! Reminds me of Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Your words speak to my soul!
Blessings to you and yours!
I repeat Paul’s words to the Philippians often! I need that reminder . . . when worry creeps in, pray and remember. God is so good! Bless you, Marie!
Amen! To repent with all our hearts, pray and have faith while we wait and praise Him always, for He is full of goodness. What a lovely message! If we follow His words of advice, we have nothing to worry about – if God is for us, who can be against us?
Angela – Ireland
Yes, not worrying starts with following His will. And following His will means keeping out focus on Him. I’m praying God keeps you centered in His love and grants you His peace. God bless you!
Thank you for your prayerful support. I’m in so much need right now and am feeling His peaceful presence grace my life.
God bless you for your kindness to me.