Read: Jude 17-25

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (vv. 20-21)

Remember when you were a child, the best part of the whole year was Christmas because you received all kinds of presents. The brightly wrapped packages were set neatly around the tree. If you were like me, it was oh, so hard to wait until Christmas morning. Somehow, we managed. When it was time to open the gifts, excitement filled the room.

Waiting is difficult, whether it is waiting for a new toy on Christmas morning or waiting for a job promotion. I often have to wait for help. Since I cannot do simple tasks like buttoning a shirt or combing my hair, I have to wait patiently until someone comes to help. Sometimes it is hard for me to wait for help, especially when I have to do something or go somewhere.

No matter how long I have to wait for my parents to help me, I can be assured they will always come because they love me. The same is true with waiting on God. He will always come because he loves us. He knows what we need, and he will always give it to us. When he says “wait,” we can know that he will do what’s best for us in his perfect timing. Sometimes it is very hard to wait on God, but if we do, he will never disappoint us. —Steven Laman

As you pray, ask God to help you wait patiently for him.

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