Just the other day, I was flipping through the pages of Hebrews when I found a cool verse in chapter 9. Here’s what it says,
“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are
When the realization hit me that I must always be eager in waiting, I began to feel like Octavius–the tiny figurine of a Roman soldier–from Night at the Museum 2. In one scene, Octavius sets out to save his friend. The only problem is that he must run across the front lawn of the White House. For a tiny, plastic toy, this is a huge undertaking, one that he definitely underestimates.
Octavius begins by running with zeal. The camera zooms in on him running through the grass, each blade taller than the red mohawk on his Roman helmet. The viewers see Octavius running and panting and screaming war cries, but then, the camera zooms out, showing a view of the White House and the lawn out front. Octavius cannot even be seen. Eventually, Octavius collapses from exhaustion.
Often times, I find myself feeling just like Octavius. My spiritual batteries become recharged, and I’m off to sprint to the finish line. Once I feel exhaustion setting in, I look around only to realize that the distance yet to run seems too far and that there is no way that I can remain eager for even the rest of the day. It’s in times like these when I wonder, “How in the world am I supposed to eagerly wait?”
God has already answered this question in a couple of verses.
- Romans 15:5 calls God the “God of endurance and encouragement” and tells us to find our encouragement through Him and His word.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that God’s grace is sufficient for us, even in our weakness. Verse 10 even says that His power rests upon us in times of weakness
- Galatians 2:20 reminds us that as Christians, the life that we now live in the flesh, we live by faith in Christ!
Here’s how we are to continue to wait eagerly: to receive encouragement and endurance from, to rely on Him as our strength in our weakness, and to always live by our faith in Him.
So next time that you find yourself feeling depleted of spiritual energy, go to God. Remember the work that He has done in your life; feel His power being perfected in your weakness! All the while, you’ll discover that it’s much easier to wait eagerly, after all, it’s Christ that we are waiting for…