My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning. Psalm 130:6
Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 20-21 .
Easter is just around the corner. Confirmation Sunday will follow two weeks later. Then comes Mother’s Day. Then graduations, Vacation Bible School, and a host of anticipated events. There’s a cruise we’ve planned for more than a year. And a visit from family from Washington state and Germany. I’m looking forward to these next few weeks!
What if I were that hopeful for God? What if I looked for, hoped and trusted in, and waited for God with that same level of anticipation and yearning as I do for a vacation, a family visit, or even our Easter celebration?
Hopes for God’s presence, blessings, and love are often tied to the trouble, distress, anxiety, and frustrations of this present age. This is one of the problems with the current level of affluence we experience today in the United States. We have job reports that tell us that the economy is booming. We have interest rates that allow investors to achieve a return and those who borrow money for a home to do so each day. Hot? Turn up the air conditioner. Bored? Stream a movie or schedule a trip to Disney World. Hungry? Call DoorDash. We are all too easily unaware of our need for God.
When we are in distress we can call on God and look with anticipation and hope for God. When we pause to look beyond the pleasures of this life – or when we are reminded of the fleeting nature of this world’s delights – we can look beyond these joys to a better blessing.
We may need to be reminded on occasion that our truest blessings come from God. The limits of this world’s riches may sometimes need to be unmasked for us. But those who hope for God will not be disappointed. They who center their hearts in Jesus’ love and the mercy of God will not be disappointed. Doing so is one key way that we build ourselves us in this holy and precious faith to which the Holy Spirit has called us.