Day 21 | Give Way to Joy
Reading: 1 Peter 1:6–8
When we think about Advent, Christmas time, we typically think about the first coming of Jesus. But Advent simply means waiting. When we talk about the season of Advent, we look back to the incarnation, but we also look forward to the return of Jesus. We live in a period of waiting. But waiting isn’t always fun. I don’t know many people who enjoy long lines. Occasionally though, we’ll suffer through the waiting in order to get something we really want. People wait in line to purchase certain gifts every year for Black Friday, and waiting is just a part of the process.
As we wait for the return of Jesus, we have to live in a broken world where we experience suffering. All kinds of suffering abound because every facet of our world is affected by sin. But we don’t have to sit in despair; no, the Bible calls us to give way to joy in the middle of our suffering. Why? Because we know what is at the end of the line. We can rejoice with a “joy inexpressible” because we know that the One whom we love and believe in will return for us. Though we wait now, he will receive us with a glorious welcome when he returns. This time of waiting is worth it. We know the end of the story, so we can rejoice while we wait.
Question: Has something stolen your joy this season? What has taken your eyes off of Jesus and his promises to us in the gospel? Ask God to renew your joy as you focus on the gospel of Jesus.