Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Coming God

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' which means 'coming', and one of the great things revealed about God in the Bible is that He is the coming God.

He keeps coming to us and for us.

He came to us in the Garden of Eden.

‘When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:6 -9)

He came to us in the promises to Abraham.

‘The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Genesis 12:1-3)

He came to us in the rescue of Israel from Egypt.

‘Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up."
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians…’ (Exodus 3:1-8)

But of course he particularly came to us in the life, death and resurrection of his only Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:1,14)

And the risen Lord Jesus did not abandon us but sent his Spirit who came to us on the day of Pentecost.

‘…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:16-18)

And one day God will come again to us in the judgement of the world.

‘Behold, I am coming soon!’…Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.’ (Revelation 22:7,12,20)

Interestingly the Prophet Malachi asks a very important question,

‘…who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.’ (Malachi 3:2)

Paul gives us the answer,

‘…if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."…for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9-11, 13)

Are you ready for the coming of Jesus?

Have a good Advent season,

Pastor Barry

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