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Advent Daily Devotional - Jesus Shows You How to Wait Well

Day 7

Samantha Barnes


ADVENT 2021 DEVOTIONAL

Day 7 – Sat, Dec 4

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.
(Luke 4:1-2, English Standard Version)

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
(Psalm 119:10-11, ESV)

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
(Romans 4:20-21, ESV)


Today’s Reading: Luke 4

 

In Luke 3, Jesus experienced a significant highlight: His baptism and the affirmation of His Father. This poignant moment could have launched Him directly into public ministry. Instead, in Luke 4, we find the Spirit leading Him away from crowds into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting and preparation.

While it takes us only a moment to read these words, Jesus spent more than a month living them out. To compound the challenge of this pause in momentum, He had already waited 30 years to begin His public ministry.

The devil, knowing Jesus’ ultimate objective of salvation, came while Jesus was weak and hungry to tempt Him to disobey God.

In times when I sense God asking me to pause, my vision of the big picture can grow blurry. I can become easily frustrated when I experience delay, and I can be tempted to doubt what I am waiting for and why.

I once stood in a checkout line, holding an item I had specifically driven to the store to buy. As the line moved slowly, I began doubting the purchase. Did I really want to spend this much money? Did I really need the item? Uncertainty flooded my brain as I inched closer to the cashier. If a short period of waiting could throw my carefully made decision into question, how much more must Jesus have doubted His own purpose when weak with fasting and tempted by Satan to take the easy way out?

But Jesus knew that Satan’s easy way was not God’s way, and He was prepared. He responded to each of the enemy’s lies with truth from Scripture that helped Him choose obedience to God’s clear purpose for Him.

This extended period of wilderness testing wouldn’t be the last time He’d face and withstand gut-wrenching temptation. With each day of His earthly ministry, Jesus inched closer to the cross, where the temptation to find a way out would be a matter of life and death — for Him and us.

When you grow weary in your waiting, you can turn to Scripture for confidence in God’s purposes. As you seek to walk in obedience, your steady footing is found not in your own strength but in Jesus’ unwavering perseverance on your behalf.

Reflect

In what ways are you currently tempted to take the easy way out or to doubt while you are in the middle of waiting? What passage of Scripture can you cling to for confidence to wait on God without wavering in obedience?



Samantha Barnes
works with Cru® at the University of Arkansas. When she’s not hanging out with college students or cheering for the Razorbacks, she and her husband, Eric, enjoy taking their son and their border collie on outdoor adventures.

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