Thursday, February 02, 2006

Waiting for Salvation

For Your salvation I wait, O LORD. Gen. 49:18

In our text see Jacob, who is coming to the end of his life, prophesying over his sons, who are the twelve tribes of Israel. As we read the text we can see him propped up in bed weak from age, blessing his sons with perfect accuracy as to what God had planned for them. As he finished blessing Dan and was ready to bless Gad, we see a man weary of his travels in this world show his true desire; to end his waiting and be with his Lord.

Salvation had been his since God established covenant with him. After that there was never any doubt that Jacob had salvation, or that the promise would be fulfilled, but being saved in the land of our sojourn is not the same as reaching the land of our promise. No peace on this earth, though at times it is wonderful, will ever compare to having our destination reached and our salvation complete.

Let us learn from Jacob, the patriarch who at this point in his life was living comfortably in the land of Goshen. Jacob and his family had all they needed as they lived in Egypt's finest land. This would have been a needed retirement for a man who by God’s sovereign decree, had been through many rough waters, but even though things are good we find his desire for His Lord.

Waiting is never easy, even in our lands of Goshen, but God has promised to satisfy our desire. He has promised to complete the salvation He has started in us, but it is all in His time. What we don't want to do is to become so comfortable that we forget we are waiting for something better, or to become so overwhelmed by affliction that we cannot see the Celestial City waiting at the other end of the dark valley.

Though some may have all the comforts of this world, and others may be in times of affliction, together we wait for this one desire to be fulfilled. Let us in the middle of our God given work speak our true desire. Let us, whether we are in the land of famine or in the land of plenty, make our desire to be with our Father.

The world in all its pleasure,
nor pain in all its measure,
will change my one desire,
His salvation to acquire.

-Doug Eaton-


At Friday, February 03, 2006 7:46:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

Amen, I just want to be where He is.

At Friday, February 03, 2006 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

You always have an encouraging word. Thanks for the uplift.

At Friday, February 03, 2006 2:46:00 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Christian said...

Yes, indeed. Let the eye be single and good.

At Saturday, February 04, 2006 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Michael Pendleton said...

It's not want or plenty (not that I have ever knowen plenty) that distracts me. It's the everyday, ordinary, day to day living that get's the better of me.
The daily grind is a deceptivly slow relationship killer.


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