Hold On!

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Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. — James 5:7–8

As Christmas Day approaches, you can feel the excitement building. The children are out of school, family begins to arrive, last-minute packages are wrapped. But what if, by declaration of Congress, Christmas Day were delayed? How long would the anticipation hold?

The disciples were certain Jesus would return shortly. Yet as the years passed, these faithful found it harder to hold on to that belief. James wrote to encourage them. He likened their wait for Jesus’ return to a farmer who patiently waits for his crops to grow. If you, like those first disciples, grow weary in waiting for the Lord’s Second Coming, take a cue from the farmer. He doesn’t stand in the field and stare at the ground, watching for the first sprout to push through the soil. Instead, the farmer keeps busy every day with the tasks at hand. So stay busy doing the good things God has called you to do while you wait for Jesus’ return.

Help me to wait for Your Second Coming with the same anticipation we wait for Christmas Day. When You return, may You find me busy doing what You called me to do. Amen.

Excerpted with permission from 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell, copyright Zondervan.

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Your Turn

Are you finding it hard to wait today? Hold on! Tell the Lord about your fatigue and keep pressing on doing whatever He has called you to do. Thank you, Emmanuel, that You are with us as we wait. Come share your thoughts on our blog. We want to hear from you!

Merry Christmas Eve to all our friends and family! ~ Devotionals Daily

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Cheri Cowell

Cheri Cowell, an author, speaker, and sidewalk theologian, is the author of several books including the Bible study Parables and Word Pictures. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, she shares her passion to help others apply biblical principles to the sidewalk issues of life. Through her nonprofit organization, Living Parables, she is able to put this faith into practice by offering micro-loans to faith organizations filling unmet charitable needs in their communities.

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