Waiting….having patience…not easy for me.
In our culture I would guess it is not easy for most of us. We pull up to the fast food place ready to give our order and if we have to wait more than a few seconds before we hear the words, “Can I help you?” we start complaining. “Come on! I’m in a hurry!”
We look for dinners in the store that can be popped in the microwave and be ready in two or three minutes.
We have “instant” coffee, “instant breakfast drinks” and now stores are offering “instant credit.”
Our spending habits reflect that also. We want it now, we do not have the money now, so we charge it now and pay later. Unfortunately for many of us, when “later” comes, we still do not have the money. Waiting is not something we find easy.
But for a Christian, waiting is part of our faith. In the Old Testament, they waited year after year for the Messiah to come. In the New Testament, we wait for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In this first week of Advent we focus on that waiting, that longing. As we reflect back on the longing of the Israelites as they awaited the coming of their Messiah and see the fulfillment of that longing, we can rejoice that God is faithful. What He says He will do….He will do.
Over 400 scriptures and prophecies tell us of His birth, life, death, resurrection and His return as conquering King. As we read those scriptures and see how Jesus fulfilled them, we are assured that God has a plan for His people.
And as surely as He brought the promise of the Messiah to fruition, we can rest assured that the promise of His return in glory will also be fulfilled.
So – this first week of Advent, I am preparing my heart to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and remind myself to be patient as I wait for the fulfillment of His return.
As Isaiah said when speaking of the ministry of the Messiah,
Prepare the way of the Lord
I seek to prepare my heart for the Messiah. It is not easy to do that in our culture. We have made Christmas such a busy time that often we are guilty of having “no room” in our hearts, in our lives for the one the holiday is all about.
My husband and I have been blessed by the responsibility of planning our church’s Christmas Eve service. How surprised I have been at the people who told me they could not help or would not be there because they had other obligations. Not meaning to be guilty of being a Pharisee or judging, but I have to wonder just how much we have made this season about everything except the Messiah. Shopping, decorating, baking, parties. All of these are not bad, but I pray that in all of this, I will not lose sight of what it is really about. I pray that I will take the time to prepare the way of the Lord in my own life.
And I seek to be patient as I wait for the fulfillment of his glorious return.