Active Waiting

Are you tired of all the violence? Are you tired of hearing about it on the news? Are you filled to the point of exploding yourself? Do you wish there was a way to stop it? Do you know there will be a time when it does stop? Are you looking forward to that time?

We hear about violence every day in the news. It may be an armed robbery, an attack on an individual, or a mass shooting. We have almost become numb to hearing about these atrocities. We wonder why we do not hear good news stories in the news.

Well, there is good news. God has planned for and will establish a time when there is no more violence. His plan is in progress. Only he knows when that time will come, but rest assured it is coming. There will be a time of no more sadness, tears, frustration, anger, hatred, nor violence.

We are currently in a time of waiting. In theological terms it is called Advent. We acknowledge this time of waiting specifically one time per year—the four Sundays prior to Christmas. But we are in waiting every day of every week of every month of every year of our lives, until Jesus returns.

During the Advent season, we acknowledge the period of time the Jews were waiting for the Messiah to come. He came, lived, taught, was crucified, and rose again. We now await His return. Jesus has promised to come back. Through the prophet Isaiah, God promised there will be a time when there is no more violence. When Jesus returns, that time will have come. What can we do while we wait? Tell people about Jesus and change as many lives as we can. Waiting does not mean inactivity.

I pray we all look forward to the time of no move violence. I pray we seek to actively wait for Jesus’ return. I pray each of us tell others about Jesus and change lives for the better. Know that God has a plan. Know that peace will come. Actively wait. Tell others about Jesus.

Isaiah 11:9

They will neither harm nor destroy 

on all my holy mountain, 

for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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