1. Remember the Wait
Advent is a time of waiting with expectancy. The Advent season is the period of time where God's people waited for the birth of Jesus Christ. They had heard of this Savior to come, yet there was a period of silence and waiting. All they had was the promise:
"For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
Waiting is never fun but leading up to Christmas, I find significance in waiting with the right perspective. It is no longer the type of waiting for the early morning of Christmas to open up gifts under the tree, it is about waiting to celebrate the birth of the One who was overlooked, despised, and rejected, yet He was sent to carry the punishment for our sins for our salvation (Isaiah 53:2-6).
When it comes to waiting with expectancy, I often think about pregnant women and how they await the birth of their sweet new baby to come. They prepare their home for the baby’s arrival but there is a waiting process along the way. A process where, as much as they plan, there is still a surrendering that takes place to prepare and wait for their child to come at the right time.
The truth is, we all have something or someone we are waiting for; something that our heart desires. This season of Advent reminds us how we can wait expectantly; knowing it can come to pass in God’s appointed time. Advent pours hope into our hearts and reminds us to prepare, wait, and trust God’s timing to bring it to pass.
As believers, we should always be in a position of waiting; not just for our desires but more importantly, waiting for His return.
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