“Just as man is destined to die once and after that face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:28
I can wait for Jesus’ second appearance with happiness because He took care of my sins. What does waiting look like? Imagine waiting for a friend to return after a long time away, or waiting to see your spouse after a long day apart. Waiting requires trust, patience, anticipation, love, excitement, longing, yearning, wondering, expectation, concern, preparation, planning, forethought………..
In a marriage there are many times of waiting, especially if you have a spouse who tends to run late. Oh! That’s when patience must do its’ hardest work. At what point should a spouse make a choice to accept lateness or to lovingly challenge or encourage their partner to find a solution. How can the on time spouse be helpful to the one running late?
Psalms 34 says those who look to Him are radiant. Ask yourself, do I look to God when my spouse disappoints me? Do I find ways to assist rather than criticize? Do I wait in joy knowing that love covers a multitude of sins? How does love manifest in my life when I am in the waiting place? Upon Jesus’ appearance, there’s salvation to bring. What do I bring to a situation? Am I bringing the likeness of Jesus?
So today we pray: Lord help us to look to you when we feel disappointed, show me how to find ways to support my partner and let love rule. Bring new love as I wait and as bring Your presence to our marriage.