Are We There Yet?

Sunday, December 4, 2022
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On our journey of life, it is normal to be looking ahead. Sometimes, we look back and hopefully learn from mistakes that we have made, but more often, we look ahead with hope and anticipation of good things that lie ahead.

One of my twelve great-grandchildren expressed his excited anticipation in an unusual way recently. When he was told that his grandfather (my son) would be keeping him company the next day while his parents were away, Aiden became very happy with anticipation. He told his mother that he wished that tomorrow would come today!

At this time of year, with Christmas family gatherings and special occasions ahead, children get excited, especially about the part of giving and receiving presents. Waiting and counting down the days is a necessary part of the celebration.

One of the themes of Advent is waiting. People in the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah to save them from their sins. Many centuries went by before Jesus came. When the wise men journeyed for weeks from Babylon to Jerusalem looking for the baby Jesus, I wonder how often they queried, "Are we there yet?"

Like that six-year-old great-grandchild, we all must wait in anticipation for the appointed time to arrive. In God's design for our lives, we live in the present but await the future. This is true for us all, whatever our age and whatever the time of life.

There is one thing, however, that we don't have to wait for and, indeed, should not wait for! God calls me and you to be reconciled with Him through accepting the sacrifice of Jesus, and we should do so now!

2 Corinthians 6:2 – For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation. (NLT)

With reconciliation with God, we can continue living life with hope. Concerns will continue to cross our path, but in everything, we can have hope. We don't need to worry because we are assured a place in heaven with God.

I do not know how long it will be until I am no longer physically here, nor do you. I am certainly past the "threescore and ten" lifespan referenced in the Bible. But it is really unimportant, since my arrival in heaven is already settled by being and remaining in Christ. I like what Paul wrote:

Colossians 1:27 – For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. (NLT)

I also take great comfort in these words that Paul penned:

Philippians 1:21 – For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. (NLT)

You may be anticipating your life soon getting better, like little children awaiting good things. But most of all, I pray that you will be reconciled with God and remain in Christ. If you already are, then let's make sure that we spread the good news! Others need to know!

Prayer: Dear God, at this special time of year when there is so much excitement, help us to faithfully serve others by showing them how to be reconciled with You through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Vincent!

    Thanks for the inspiring words, Vince.

    Very much enjoy your devotionals.
    Thank you!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    May you be forever blessed.

    Thank you, monsieur Walter, for your words.

    Thank you for your beautiful message, Vincent. It meant a lot to me.

    Great perspective on this time of waiting and message of true hope. Thanks and blessings, Vincent!

    Vincent, thank you. Your words reminded me of the phrase “almost, not yet, already” regarding the hope we have in the NEW LIFE everlasting when our redemption will be celebrated in the presence of the Lamb.

    Good evening, Vincent,
    Wow another awesome Devotional, thanks for sharing and continuing to write Devotionals.
    Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season and every day.

    Thank you, Vince, for another of your very special devotionals of good and encouraging words. Yes, those little children are sure a blessing and a delight to us and at this time of year their excitement pours out in many directions. You have one more great-grandchild than I presently have, and keep enjoying all of them. Blessings for all the writings you prepare.

    Morning, Vincent,
    After reading your exceptional devotional this morning two immediate thoughts came to mind. TWELVE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN!!!!! And the other thought was how do people who have no faith in Christ as their Saviour manage to get through life.
    Thank you for writing.

    Thank you once again Vince. I am always blessed and inspired by your devotionals. One thing I have enjoyed amongst the various writers is the use of different Bible translations. I see that you quoted from the New Living Translation today. This is a translation I was introduced to while studying for my Diploma in Lay Ministry at a Presbyterian University in the States. I have used this translation frequently in my own Bible reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights and quoting from this translation. Blessings.

    Mr. Walter,
    I must say you are a spectacular writer ! When I start reading I know it’s you. Your words are like magic on paper.
    I truly look forward to your devotionals, how they draw you into the story as if you are in the room.
    Thank you for always taking me on your journey and making me feel that I am truly blessed to hear your words.
    Your bible references perfectly flow through the devotional. Everyday I try to remain in Christ. Thank you for your devotional today!
    Take care and have a blessed day!

    We wait with Hope, the message of the first Sunday in Advent.

    Thank you, Vincent. This is so true: With reconciliation with God, we can continue living life with hope. Concerns will continue to cross our path, but in everything, we can have hope. We don’t need to worry because we are assured a place in heaven with God.

    Thank you for your devotion. We truly do have a living hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray God will bless you and your family at this time. Praise God for His Son and that we can know He is coming again, not as a baby but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
    By Grace Alone

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