Monday after the First Sunday of Advent

Job 8:13-18, Psalm 62:5-8, 2 Peter 3:1-18

“…the of the godless will perish.”
Job 8:13

“Rest in God alone…for my comes from him.”
Psalm 62:5

“The Lord does not delay his , as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9

While many might consider me patient, I know my own impatience. While I for something, I still want it now. Yet, I .

1) Do you think of yourself as impatient? Do others think of you as impatient?

2) Can you think of someone you feel is impatient?

Yesterday, was the focus, just as it is today. In fact, is part of the foundation of the Christian . Faith is . Hope and are tied together. They really cannot be separated. While Job’s friends had questionable motives and an unclear understanding of God, there is still truth in them. Bildad reminds Job that not founded on God is useless. In the Psalm, David reminds himself and us that unshakable can only come from God. In other words, true is based upon () in God.

The birth, , death and of Jesus, the Son of God, was (and remains) fulfilled . Peter reminds the church that this is not the end of . Jesus will come a. In Peter’s day, people were al log because God had not yet come back. Around 2000 years later, Jesus has still not returned! If our is based on our understanding, how easy it is to lose . When our is based upon God, ing God, and relying on God’s nature, our remains secure!

3) Do you lose quickly? Why?

4) If you God today, why would you not God with tomorrow?

5) How does being impatient undermine ing God?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.