Camping outside an Apple store for a new iPhone has always been a little odd to me. However, camping outside of a new Chick-fil-A to win 52 classic combos makes perfect sense. When a new Chick-fil-A opened in our town, the first 100 customers would be given 52 coupons for the classic combo, roughly a year’s supply of free and discounted chicken. People camped out, got their place in line, and got their reward.
When you want something, you’ll seek it out. Whether you are researching a new camera or trying to figure out the best deal on a television—when you want something, you go after it.
Do you know you need God and His grace? As you’ve journeyed through Advent, have you discovered your need? He came near to us at Christmas because we need Him. Today, the Almighty God is making Himself available to you and me.
As you read His Word, you are hearing His voice, and He is telling you, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). Go to Him. He invites you. Today is the day. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6).
Isaiah tells us to seek God, and realize He is our salvation, our help, our greatest need. We must do this while there is still time. Don’t think you can take advantage of God’s patience—it will be to your disadvantage and doom. “Do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).
Another advent is around the corner. A day is coming when God’s invitation to come to Him for salvation and security will expire. His kindness should lead us to repentance and faith.
Soon, a trumpet will sound, scrolls will open, and judgment will begin. But today, there is time. Seek Him, believe in the crucified and risen Christ for your salvation. Enjoy Him now. Worship Him today. His call is more urgent than securing the latest gadget and more satisfying than fried chicken. He is near. Cry out to Him, and He will answer.
Written by J. A. Medders