I’ve been reading a devotional called, “From Heaven,” by A.W. Tozer. I don’t do devotionals very often, I typically prefer to go straight to scripture, but I decided to do something different this Advent season. I’ve greatly enjoyed reading his work. One of the things that I notice in his writing is his anticipation of the work of God. You can feel it in the way he writes and in what he writes, he is looking for God to work. He is filled with wonder when he looks at God’s work. It creates within him a desire to know more and a desire to do more.
If you read the Bible, you see men and women of faith who are filled with anticipation and wonder. Look at Abraham, Moses, Noah, John, any of the prophets, and particularly Mary & Joseph. They all look for God to work and wonder at His works when he does. In this Christmas season, a season that should be filled with both anticipation and wonder, I have to ask, is the anticipation, is the wonder reserved only for family, gifts, and time off? Do we have a sense of anticipation, hoping, waiting, praying, and preparing for God’s work? Do we have a sense of wonder at the work that God has already done, our preservation, our salvation, and our glorification?
I hope in this season that you will spend time with God. I hope that you will build in your own heart and in the heart of those around you a sense of great anticipation for the future work of the Father. I hope that you will remember the past work of the Father in your life and in the lives of those around you with great wonder. I hope that you will reflect on the Christmas story and wonder at the incredible grace of God and I hope that you will reflect on the promise of Christ to return and be filled with great anticipation. Tis the Season!