I try to remember, but I so often forget. The hustle and the bustle becomes overwhelming, and I forget. The endless to-dos overpower, and I forget. The lights, songs, noise, and presents overtake, and I forget.
There is a reason behind all the chaos, but it’s all too easy to forget. It’s all too easy, to become distracted by all the to-dos and forget. There is a reason for this season that is so much greater than getting the next gadget or attending the next big event.
There is a reason just about the whole world waits in anticipation for this day, even those who don’t realize why they are doing so. There is a reason even beyond the birth of our precious Savior.
Of course, this day is a day to celebrate His birth. Praise the Lord, He came to rescue us from our sins so that we could spend eternity in heaven with Him. Praise the Lord, God so loved the world that He sent His one and only begotten son to rescue each and every one of us.
Praise the Lord for this, but there is yet another reason we celebrate this season with such extravagance. We celebrate and wait with great anticipation for the second coming of King Jesus. He will return again, and that should fill each of us with unthinkable joy.
Our Best Days Are Ahead
This isn’t the end game for us. If this season leaves you feeling deflated and less than, praise the Lord that this isn’t it. This time of year isn’t the greatest thing you have to look forward to, and when it doesn’t meet all of your expectations, you don’t have to be left feeling less than.
You can continue to rejoice that we have a King who loved us so much He came to earth and suffered on our behalf, and He WILL return again. This season is about remembering His birth, the greatest demonstration of love there has ever been, AND about remembering that He will return again.
He will return and take us to spend eternity in paradise with Him. What a gift. What a promise. Don’t lose sight of why we do what we do this season. It’s so easy to forget when the world is louder, noisier, and more chaotic than ever before.
Faith blogger, Stacey Pardoe, wrote these powerful words, “Advent is the season for fixing our eyes on the coming Christ – Christ who came in the flesh two thousand years ago and Christ who will come again to reign forever in glory. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised there is an enemy out to distract me throughout this season of anticipation. Of course, there is a battle for my attention. Of course, this is the time of year when stress often settles with the thickest kind of black cloud.”
Satan doesn’t want to see the whole world rejoicing and waiting in anticipation for the coming King, so he distracts, discourages, and fills us with dread rather than anticipation for what is to come.
Satan wants us thinking we’ve missed out or will miss out if we don’t attend every event and fill every stocking to the brim. God invites us to slow down and to wait with great anticipation for what is to come.
God invites us to keep our eyes heavenward when everything around us is screaming for our attention to be on material goods and things. Most things that will be long gone by the next time this season ensues.
God invites us to remember His promise that our best days are ahead of us! There is so much more to come, and we can wait with peace and patience with the promise that Jesus will return regardless of how many gifts we do or don’t wrap and how long our tree is or isn’t up.
I encourage you to take time this season to slow the hustle and bustle, if even for just a few minutes, and bask in the anticipation of what is to come. Jesus the risen King will return and reign forevermore. That’s the true reason for the season.
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