Waiting. It's not exactly a popular thing in our instant culture. I've realised this summer that I'm not very good at it. But, I've also been realising in the last few days that it's been increasing my hunger to be in Exeter.
Tonight we move out of our housesit in Reading and actually further away from Exeter for a few days. The next move after that should be into the house - hopefully in the near future.
Throughout the story of God people wait. Kings waited. Prophets waited. And today we wait. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 says
we wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrathTitus 2:13
we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,Hebrews 9:28
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.Christian Martyrs wait, Revelation 6:11
When each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.Creation waits, Romans 8:19
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.Even Jesus waits, Hebrews 10:13
Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool...While I wait for a house in Exeter I want to be waiting for Jesus to return, joining in the waiting of the church throughout history and Jesus himself. It will be a happy day when we pick up the keys. The day Jesus returns will be even greater. A major difference of course is that the housebuy isn't certain until we've exchanged contracts. The contract securing Jesus' return is certain though the date is unknown.
We wait for the house. We wait for the greater day. That day when Jesus' victory is complete, when sin is gone and all will see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.