As a general rule, we aren’t very proficient about waiting. If there’s a freeway lane that has a few less cars, we will probably move over. If a drive-through looks like there could be a wait longer than a few minutes, we will hunt for one that’s quicker. If there’s a checkout line that seems a bit shorter than the one we are in, we will typically switch. All these scenarios indicate one trait fairly common in our culture: the faster the better. Or else we move on.
As we enter Christmas week, it’s a good time to reflect on the discipline of waiting. Waiting is defined as “the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens”. This discipline isn’t about waiting for favorite foods or surprise gifts or special guests that signal the holiday season; instead, it’s about reflecting on the time of Jesus’ birth and the fulfillment of God’s promise… even though it seemed delayed.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Though this verse is one of the most famous messianic prophecies, it was not the first (that one occurred right after the Fall and is found in Genesis 3:15) nor was it the second, third or fourth, etc. Another 700 years would pass before it was ultimately fulfilled by the birth of the Christ Child. And for those who maintained an expectant hope for the coming Messiah, generation after generation, that’s a long time to watch and to wait.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,and a thousand years are like a day. ~2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
As we wait on the Lord, let us wait with expectant faith like those who have gone before us, knowing that God will surely fulfill His promises to us in His perfect timing. And as we gather this season to celebrate the truth that the wait is over for the birth of the Christ Child, let us watch and wait with great expectancy for Him to come again.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. ~Isaiah 9:7
From all of us in the Pure Flix family, have a blessed Christmas!
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