Waiting Here for You helps us anticipate rather than dread the busy season of Advent and Christmas.
Life is full of waiting – we can’t escape it. We find ourselves in the middle of it every day – waiting on a prognosis to be given…a verdict to be reached…a promotion to be announced. And in these seasons of waiting that anxiety, desperation and hopelessness creep in.
Waiting Here For You takes us through the advent – the season of waiting. In it we see the story of the coming of Jesus. It teaches us that waiting is the means God often uses to carry his plans in our lives. And it brings us back to the truth that our waiting is never wasted when we are waiting on God.
Join pastor and author Louie Giglio and take hold of the chance to uncover the vast hope offered through the journey of Advent. Find peace and encouragement for your soul as anticipation leads toward celebration!
Waiting is not wasted when it is waiting with the Lord.
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About the Author
Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion Movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus.
Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people at events across the US and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice.
In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, and the Passion Global Institute.
Louie is the author of The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not But I Know I Am, Goliath Must Fall, and Indescribable.
Louie and Shelley make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Waiting Here for You
An Advent Journey of Hope
By Louie Giglio
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2014 Louie Giglio
All rights reserved.
GOD WORKS WHILE WE WAIT.
JUST THE RIGHT TIME
Galatians 4:4-5 (ESV)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (and daughters).
A Savior had been promised to God's people for centuries. They longed and prayed for rescue. And then on the right day, in the right lace, at the right time, Jesus was born. While God rarely comes at our appointed time, He always comes at the right time.
All of us are waiting on something, often wondering if God has forgotten us. In your waiting, let the birth of Christ encourage you. Just because God hasn't come through (as far as you can see), it doesn't mean He has abandoned you. To Him a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. This very minute He's working for His glory and for your good. Though circumstances say otherwise, God is going to come through, on schedule, fulfilling His long-appointed plans for you. Don't give up before the time is right. Take hope in the manger and know that you are loved and prized by the God who stepped down from heaven and arrived at the perfect time for you.
Hark the Glad Sound
Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let ev'ry heart prepare a throne,
And ev'ry voice a song.
He comes the pris'ners to release,
In Satan's bondage held.
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.
Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim,
And heav'ns eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.
Philip Doddridge, 1702–1751
Father, meet me in the waiting, the place where I long for what is not fully in view. Still my heart and give me the ability to know that You are near. I believe Your plans are good. I see it in the birth of Your only Son. But sometimes I struggle to see beyond the haze that surrounds me. Renew my confidence as I lift my eyes to You. Be glorified in my life during this season of expectation. Amen.
GOD WORKS WHILE WE WAIT
Lamentations 3:26 (NIV)
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
If we are honest, we all hate to wait. In fact, most often we say something like, "I can't believe this is taking so long; it's costing me time I don't have!" That's because most of us consider waiting to be wasting. But it's not so with our God.
God works while we wait. Even when you can't see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life. Trust in His unfailing love — love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you. God's plans for your life will not be thwarted. Wait patiently, knowing that waiting is never wasted when you are waiting on God.
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Charles Wesley, 1707–1788
Father, I am here waiting for You. My heart and hands are open to Your purposes and plans for my life. Give me the patience I so desperately need and lead me in my waiting. Though my feelings may not be there just yet, I believe You are moving on my behalf right this minute, protecting, defending, preparing, providing. Give me grace to keep trusting in You in the face of the gale force winds of doubt that are blowing all around me. Anchor my heart in You. Amen.
CHOOSE GOD'S WAY
Isaiah 30:15b,18b (NIV)
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
It's easy to bail on God at the first sign of trouble. It's easy to fret, worry, make new plans, and settle for shortcuts. But there is another way — the quiet way of rest and trust. During this Advent journey, keep making the confident decision to choose God's way. Say "no" to anything and everything that promises the peace that only He can bring. Guard your heart from any voice that offers a "quick fix." Instead, say, "Jesus, I want to wait on You."
The best things in life take time. And the payoff of doing things God's way is always better. But the enemy is crafty and determined to deceive us, shouting that the "wait" we endure is a sign that God is not good. Stay the course. Don't give in today. Choose the path that leads to life and hang on to the hope that Jesus outshines everything that glitters in this world.
Creator of the Stars of Night
Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people's everlasting Light:
O Christ, Redeemer, save us all
And hear Thy servants when they call.
Thou grieving that the Ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the healing, full of grace,
To cure and save our ruined race.
O Thou, whose coming is with dread
To judge the living and the dead,
Preserve us from the ancient foe
While still we dwell on earth below.
Text: Latin, 5th–10th century Translated by John Mason Neale, 1818–1866, alt.
Stanzas 1, 2, & 5
Father, Creator of the stars of night, I wait for You. You came to me when I was lost and couldn't find my way to You. As I continue this Advent journey, reveal the things I have counted on to fill my heart apart from You and give me the grace to lay them down. I will wait for You and trust You to protect me from my foes and give me all I need. Amen.
JESUS SETS YOU FREE
Isaiah 61:1–3 (NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion —
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4, Jesus spoke of this Old Testament promise being fulfilled in Him. He claimed that He was the One who could set the prisoner free, He alone could lift up those who had been trampled on by life's disappointments and demise.
So, if you are bound by grief or blinded by anguish, you've come to the right place — the place where healing is found. The Healer is Jesus and He comes to open your eyes and set you free. Reach out for Him and let Him take your hand. He has come not to take something from you, but to do something for you that no one else on earth can do.
O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
O Lord, how shall I meet You,
How welcome You aright?
Your people long to greet
You, My hope, my heart's delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy,
Your lamp within my breast
to do in spirit lowly
all that may please You best.
I lay in fetters, groaning;
You came to set me free.
I stood, my shame bemoaning;
You came to honor me.
A glorious crown You give me,
A treasure safe on high
That will not fail or leave me
As earthly riches fly.
Paul Gerhardt, 1607–1676
Stanzas 1 & 3
Father, when I was left for dead, discarded and trampled by my own foolish choices, You arrived just in time to save my life. Thank you. Jesus, I believe that You alone set me free. Give me the grace to rest in Your freedom today and proclaim that same freedom to all those who are still bound. Amen.
BY HIS WOUNDS YOU ARE HEALED
Isaiah 53:3–6 (ESV)
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus came to earth on purpose. His arrival wasn't just for show, and it certainly wasn't easy. He gave up His rights as God and took on human flesh, to be pierced for our wrongs and to wipe our debt of sin away. His birth and His death were both sacrifices so you might receive His mercy and grace. In Jesus, you are healed. In Him, you are made whole.
Victory over our hurts and pain is not found by delving deeper into our wounds, but by clinging to the wounds of Jesus. Though we caused Jesus' wounds by our selfish and shameful acts, He was willing to take the blows and bear the scars in His hands, feet, and side that bring us healing, wholeness, and peace with our God. Every wrong you have done and every wrong that has been done to you has been swallowed up in every right that Jesus has done and in every wrong that has been done to Him.
From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
From depths of woe I cry to Thee,
In trial and tribulation;
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me,
Lord, hear my supplication.
If Thou rememb'rest ev'ry sin,
Who then could heaven ever win
Or stand before thy presence?
Thy love and grace alone avail
To blot out my transgression;
The best and holiest deeds must fail
To break sin's dread oppression.
Before Thee none can boasting stand,
But all must fear Thy strict demand
And live alone by mercy.
Therefore my hope is in the Lord
And not in mine own merit;
It rests upon His faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit
That He is merciful and just;
This is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.
Martin Luther, 1483–1546, Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1827–1878, alt.
Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, the perfect One given for an imperfect one like me. Thank You that Jesus died the way He died so I can come to You just as I am. Jesus, give me grace to reach for Your scars, believing that when You suffered and bled for me, my wounds were healed. Let Your peace and power cover and heal my heart. Amen.
SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND
Psalm 27:7–14 (NIV)
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, "Seek His face!"
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
God is not hiding from you. Yet, to find Him you must patiently seek Him out. Just like you, God wants to be pursued. He wants to know that you believe He is worth searching for. Many say they can't find God; that they can't hear His voice. But if you want to be near God you must create space to seek Him. If you want to know Him, you must start by telling Him. Open His Word and set your gaze on Him. You'll discover that He is worth far more than whatever you invest in the search.
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
And life to joy awakes.
Oh, brighter than the rising morn
When Christ, victorious, rose
And left the lonesome place of death
Despite the rage of foes.
Oh, brighter than that glorious morn
Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes
And we shall see His face.
The King shall come when morning dawns
And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray:
Come quickly, King of kings!
John Brownlie, 1857–1925, alt.
Stanzas 1, 3–5
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An incredible Advent devotional that takes you through the Christmas season. As we will soon be entering this period of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, this devotional helps us to realign our hearts towards God as we wait and draw near to Him. This is an amazing resource for reflection, encouraging us to be still and to trust God. While it is so easy for things to get blurry during Christmas time, this book intentionally uses scripture, prayer, and meditation to awaken our hearts towards the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Got to get one!
What a wonderful book to read while journeying through the Advent season! There is so much to be said about how we wait. The world puts a negative connotation on waiting, and creates an urgency to move from one point to the next. Most of the time, we miss what the waiting is all about. However, we have an opportunity each year to anticipate and celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus. Unfortunately, we become consumed with shopping, wrapping presents, planning parties, and everything else that comes with the Christmas season. We talk of efforts to “remember what it is all about”, but easily fall into our preparations! Pastor Louie Giglio walks us through the Advent season through daily reflection, meditation, and prayer in a way that beautifully celebrates Advent. This book is perfect for reading alone, reading with the family, or a small group. It sharpens, brings truth to each day, and points us to Jesus. This book is amazing and I highly recommend it!
We are all waiting for something, whether it’s on a test result, an answer, a relationship - whatever the case may be, sometimes waiting is hard. It would be so easy for us to put whatever we are waiting for ahead of who we are in the present. This advent devotional serves so well in reminding us that who we are while waiting is just as important as what we are waiting for. God works in our wait, He is right there with us. With the approaching holiday season, it can be so easy to get caught up in planning, shopping, dreading- that we forget the big picture- Jesus. “Waiting Here For You” guides us through short scriptures, reflections, meditations, and prayers, to celebrate what God has done for us and what He has promised to do, because He is faithful and He is right there with us in the waiting. I highly recommend getting a copy- it’s a game changer!
“Christmas is about waiting and hoping in God. If we are willing to ask Him, God will give us the grace to slow the pace. And He will help us remember how loved we are and how faithful He is. If we wait expectantly for Him, God will lift our eyes and draw near to us. He will remind us that waiting is not wasting when we are waiting on the Lord.” Hope. It’s something I hang on tightly these days and it’s something I’m learning (or re-learning) more and more about during this Advent Season. This little book is not only an excellent study in that, but the perfect companion to the season. I have been a fan of Louie Giglio for a really long time. His preaching and communication of God’s Word has formed and shaped my faith in such incredible ways. He truly has a gift and I’m so thankful he continues to lead and teach God’s Word. I didn’t even realize he came out with a book for Advent (especially since The Comeback was just released as well), but I’m so glad it caught my eye. I think it’s such a fabulous devotional. Each day is short and sweet – they include verses, meditations and prayers and are the perfect way to start your day or gather your family together at night. More than ever the world needs to remember the hope that Christmas is and this is a great way to start! This will be packed away in my Christmas box when the season is over and come next year, I will dive in again! Do you have a favorite way to celebrate the season of Advent? (Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/12/10/waiting-here-for-you-by-louie-giglio-book-review/
What a beautiful reminder of the joy found in the coming and expectation of Christ. "Waiting Here for You" reminds us to wrap our heart around Christ during the Christmas season and not around the wanting of things, the parties, or even family and friends. Louie is able to unpack what it means to be waiting and not wasting while we do. Each day is filled with different scriptures, teachings, meditations and prayers that are helpful reminders for us to keep focused on the true reason of why Jesus came to Earth. If able I would encourage you to not only get one for yourself but also for a family member and/or friend. A journey is always best enjoyed with the ones we love and care about. I look forward to digging into this little but powerful gem year after year to see what God has in store for me.
In a time where waiting is so prevalent, this book intersects us in the midst of the holiday season to remind us that Jesus is all that we need and that He is the highest and the most honorable. Through reflection, mediation, and prayer, this advent journey brings into focus so clearly the love, intentionality, and result of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is an excellent day-by-day reminder of the importance of waiting for and on God. Through this journey, we are able to re-align our hearts with the heart of God. Through a study of the scriptures and topics presented in this book, we can better understand the amazing miracle that is wrapped up inside the Christmas story. That God so loved the world that He sent his only son should eradicate our fears, inspire our worship, and drive us closer to the throne of God and His amazing grace. This book is an incredible resource for a time where we all need to be reminded of the magnitude and the majesty of our Savior.
In a time where celebrating Christmas is culturally marked by business and unrest, this book takes us back to the heart of Christmas and ultimately the heart of Jesus. This book reminds us of the significance of the Savior being born into the world, the gravity of His death and resurrection, and the life that is only found through Him. Waiting here for you takes the reader on a journey through the advent season in which one is challenged to wait for the Lord and to take comfort in Him while in the midst of any circumstance. I would highly recommend this book as it shows that Jesus is hope, Jesus if life, and Jesus is alive. This is definitely a resource that I will continue to go back to!
AMAZING journey through the advent season! It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting stuff, planning parties and pleasing people that Christmas sneaks up on us and the real meaning can sometimes fall through the cracks. Louie does an amazing job of reminding us why we celebrate by taking the reader through scripture, reflection, meditation, and prayer in a short page or two every day. This book has become one of my favorite devotional reads and has helped to make the Christmas season not only something I look forward to even more, but it has become a truly powerful time of the year in my life!
We all know that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but so many times we get so caught in the obligation and bustle that it passes us by. This book creates a sacred space that stops the busy, consumer driven season to turn to Him. Each day challenges you to reach for the greater things that refresh and build your hope. It takes you down to the root of Christmas. Each season God wants to remind us of who He is and that He comes through on His promises. The content is exceptional and applicable even out of “advent season.” I have really enjoyed it and know it will be a resource I come back to again and again. I absolutely recommend this book!
Somewhere between company parties, family commitments, shopping mall crowds, kids’ expectations, and whatever else invades your holiday calendar the whole reason for our jubilee gets lost. Too often Christmas comes and goes, and our definition of success is…we survived it! In recent years our family has toned way down our society’s version of celebrating Christmas, and instead put an emphasis on preparing, waiting, and anticipating by observing Advent. It’s been amazing! And this book, Waiting Here for You is one of the very best resources I’ve seen to help me and my family prepare our hearts and focus on the hope that Jesus brought to the world when he was born a couple thousand years ago. Louie has done a masterful job blending Scripture with reflections, meditations, and prayers that will prepare you to celebrate Christmas the way it was intended to be celebrated….full of thankfulness that Jesus came, and is coming again! Don’t hesitate to buy this book