Have you ever known that something is going to happen, but not when? The check that is supposed to arrive soon, the job promotion you’re waiting for, the contractor who said they’d call you back. It can be nerve wracking because you don’t know if it will really happen, and so the wait can seem like forever. As Christians, we wait in anticipation for the return of our Savior, not with anxiousness, but with hope that is found in God’s faithfulness. This Advent season, we hope you join us as we look at how we are called to live a Christ-centered life in preparation for His return.
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
When we have doubts in our lives, it can be debilitating and lead to inaction. We are afraid of what may happen because we don't trust the outcome. When we doubt God, it shows a lack of trust in what he has revealed to us. What areas in your life are causing doubts about the future?
Ahaz was an Old Testament king that doubted God at every turn. He believed his way was better that what God was offering him. Even after a vision from God and a prophet speaking into his life, he chose his own way instead of God's way. Have you felt God leading you in a certain direction, but choose not to act because of doubt of what will come?
Joseph, Jesus' adoptive father here on Earth, had doubts about Mary being pregnant and God's part in it all. Yet, when God called him to action to take Mary as his wife, he immediately obeyed and trusted that God knew best. Have you ever felt led by God to do something and, even though you couldn't see how it would all work out, you trusted God and obeyed? What was the outcome? Are you seeking to trust God more today than you did yesterday?
Additional Scripture to study: Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7,17-19