“Wait for the LORD,” the Psalmist writes in Psalm 27. Around six centuries later Malachi speaks of the coming ‘messenger.’ Four more centuries pass before Luke’s narrative begins with the story of the miraculous birth of John the Baptist. Over twenty centuries later we wait for the coming of the Lord.
We would be hard-pressed not to conclude that waiting is a big and important part of the plan of God. To us it seems that God is not in a hurry. Peter’s reminder that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day” is dramatically appropriate.
But waiting is difficult, especially for twenty-first century persons accustomed to instantaneous texting. Why doesn’t God just zap away the evil and get on with it? Why must we endure the constant pain and suffering of a world seemingly gone mad?”
We really don’t have definitive answers to these questions. But perhaps some insight might be gained by thinking of the character of God. Again from Peter: God “is patient with you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”
Could it be that the answer to our question is that God is waiting for us? Waiting for us to fulfill the promise of his coming? Waiting for the kingdom of God, fought for and won at Jesus’ cross, to come via our proclamation of the gospel message? Waiting for the gospel message to take hold of men and women, boys and girls, everywhere? “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
As we wait again this Christmas season, let us wait, not only in patient hope, but in active hope, living out through word and deed the certainty of our faith in the ultimate triumph of God in all that he has created. We wait, knowing that one day “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Christ is Lord.”
LET US PRAY
O Lord, as we again wait this season for the coming of Christ, let our waiting be full of hope, full of word, full of deed, knowing that one day “we shall reap if we faint not.”
Bill Rosser is married to Linda and they are the parents of three and the grandparents of nine. "My life story is one of redemption through the love of God and of those who have shown love to me. During this season of Advent, I am most looking forward to quiet times away from the noise of life and noisy times with family and friends."