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Isaiah 9; Job 35; Philippians 3

There is a lot that I am anticipating these days. At the moment that I am typing this blog entry, I am anticipating my trip to the Northwoods that is coming up in a couple of days. I look forward to a week disconnected from the rest of life with nothing to do but focus on my family, catch fish, and play some golf. I am anticipating another half marathon in October and the training involved, which will begin in two weeks. I am anticipating the start of yet another school year and all that goes into getting ready for that. I think I am a little more excited for the first two than I am for the third.

The Isaiah and Philippians passages today both involve anticipation as well. Isaiah 9 is a familiar chapter to many, as you will recognize the words that are often poured over during Advent. In this passage, we hear about a child that is to come that is like no other that has come before. That child is to be the Messiah. In Philippians, Paul longs for that time when Christ makes his return and “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

As much as I anticipate the things I have shared with you above, there is something much more amazing to look forward to in the future. No one knows when that time will come, but it will come nonetheless. The time when Jesus makes his triumphant return and raises up all those who believe to be with him and the Father for all of eternity. As I give thought to that time, these other things that I look forward to are so miniscule. And I think that is why I have to take all of those earthly anticipations with a grain of salt and not overly stress about them. Because in the grand scheme of life and what I (we) have to look forward to, they are unimportant. There is something much greater in store for me, and I can’t wait to see what it will be like. How about you?