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Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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Not Even A Nod

Traffic was bad and everyone was cranky on that hot afternoon. I noticed a car with two young men waiting to enter traffic from a fast-food restaurant driveway. I thought it was nice when the driver ahead of me let them in.

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Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with an assortment of goodies and opened the trap door. The next morning, I was excited to see a little critter in my trap—until I noticed that it was no woodchuck. I had snared a skunk.

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A Picture Of Humility

During the Easter season, my wife and I attended a church service where the participants sought to model the events that Jesus and His disciples experienced on the night before He was crucified. As part of the service, the church staff members washed the feet of some of the church volunteers. As I watched, I wondered which was more humbling in our day—to wash another person’s feet or to have someone else wash yours. Both those who were serving and those being served were presenting distinct pictures of humility.

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More Than Waiting

I don’t know how it works where you live, but when I have to call for a repair for one of my appliances, the company says something like, “The repairman will be there between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.” Since I don’t know when the repair person will arrive, all I can do is wait.

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25 thoughts on “More Than Waiting

  1. eternallyhis says:

    I love it to see all Three Persons of our Triune God being referred to as living in us, God the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 6:19; Acts 10:47); God the Son (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17); God the Father (John 17:21; 2Corinthians 6:16-18). These are only a few of many scriptures referring to God living and working in us and through us, giving ample proof of the Trinity, as does the whole Word of God, from the first book, Genesis 1:26,27 that rncpitt and doctor-perspective mentioned, to the first and last chapter of Revelation 1:11; 20:16; 22:13 and throughout the whole Bible.
    The Trinity has been so difficult to fully understand, or to try to describe or explain, but is it any wonder considering how great our God is? Far beyond our ability to comprehend while in our body of flesh, but the day will come when we will see Him as He is and we will all bow down before Him in true humility and adoration, our Lord and our God.
    “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face, now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.” (1Corinthians 13:12) All honor, all glory and all praise to our Lord God.

  2. mario says:

    Nice message. Allow me to add some more on what the Lord does while we wait for answers to our prayers. During this waiting period, we pursue on learning the teachings of the Lord Jesus (Mt 11:28-30). As we study, we begin to see and realize our own weaknesses or mistakes as we learn His words which are spirit (Jn 6:63). I understand that this is part of the Lord’s will or desire to cleanse us or purifiy us from any unrighteousness. At times we get hurt during the process but because of our faith, the help and comfort of the Spirit and the encouragement we receive from fellow believers (church),
    we are able to overcome. (1 Jn 1:8-10/1 Jn 3:3/Eph 5:25-27/1 Jn 5:4-5). Thank you.

  3. bondserve says:

    The difference between waiting for anyone or any event and waiting for Christ to return is that He has never really left us. He dwells within Christians through God’s Spirit. Our witness takes on such greater impetus when we seek His presence daily, communing with Him, studying His word and keeping the prayer line open.

  4. rncpitt says:

    I’m 67 years old,have gone to church most of my life, but didn’t accept Christ as Savior until I was 29. Now, after being a born again believer for 38 years I realize I’ve just been feeding on the milk of the word most of this time. Just in the last couple of years have I started looking deeper into the Word. All the resources at ODB.org have been a big help in my Journey. Along the way I have also discovered other resources as well, including one retired pastor, teacher, & Hebrew language professor who offers a daily word study where he delves deep into the root word meanings of the original Hebrew text of the Bible. Just yesterday he pointed out the plurality of God in Gen. 1:1, as mentioned in the comment by “doctor-perspective”. Chaim Bentorah is the name he writes under, and he pointed out why the Hebrew text uses both the Elohim and Jehovah names of God when He created the world. Jehovah is the caring, nurturing, merciful aspect of God, and Elohim is the aspect that gives justice, protection, provision, and discipline. The world needs both to endure. How many times have I read and heard that verse and never even thought about the reason behind it. How many other treasures are waiting to be found that I have missed all these years? Even at this stage of my life, I’m considering trying to learn Hebrew to enhance my understanding of the word.
    When Jesus came to this world the first time, he came representing the Jehovah aspect of God to show us His love and mercy. While we long for His return, we must realize that the longer He delays, the more opportunities there are for the lost to be saved. I pray for the lost and for all those that are seeking. What a lot of people don’t understand is that God wants everyone to know and love Him, and when Judgement Day comes, He will pass judgement as He says because He can not lie, but His heart will be breaking as it is happening.

  5. quietgrace says:

    I understand this as the “already but not yet” tension we live in. We are saved, but not yet saved until that day. We are part of eternity, but still in time. Meanwhile we wait, all the while ‘working out our salvation’ as the scriptures say.

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