Christmas is, in many ways, a waiting game. We have to be patient ALL year long until Christmas day. We have to wait to open presents until the 25th – even when we can see them sitting there under the tree in December!
I complain a lot during this season because I just can’t wait to open my presents! But, if I’m being honest, part of the fun is the waiting – the anticipation, the longing for what’s under the tree.
For centuries, the people of God had been waiting for the Messiah to come – a Messiah who would rescue them and lead them forward – one who would be their king.
God used Moses and Aaron to take them out of slavery in Egypt. He used Joshua to lead them out of wilderness and into a Promised Land. But, like we do so often, they got impatient. David and Solomon built a great kingdom. Every time, like us, the Israelites got tired of waiting for God – much less the Messiah! Here is what God says to them through Isaiah:
Isaiah 30: 15, 18
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
‘In repentance and rest is your salvation,
In quietness and trust is your strength,
But you would have none of it.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
Therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!’
In this passage from Isaiah, God tells the Israelites (and us today) to repent and rest, then we will find salvation and strength.
Even though we are impatient toward God sometimes, he wants to show us compassion and he does this through a Messiah. Through Jesus Christ, the baby, the man, the sacrificial lamb.
I think it’s important to realize that God doesn’t always give you what you expect. For example, you might know that the rectangle present under the tree is a book. But, you may be surprised at what book is under that Santa-laden wrapping paper. Jesus was not exactly what the people expected. They probably thought they were going to get a warrior rather than a carpenter.
Realize that God knows what we need more than we do. In the case of Jesus the Messiah, it was freedom from sin rather than from man.
In our waiting and through our repentance and rest, God will come through. He will come through for us like he did on the first Christmas.
What are you waiting for these days? Talk it through with the Messiah, then thank Him that you don’t have to wait for Him to come anymore. He’s already done that. Let him know that you realize he knows what we need. Tell him that you trust him, and that you will wait for him.
Missed something? Check out these Christmas posts:
…And Joy http://alittlesanctuary.org/and-joy/
Summer Christmas http://alittlesanctuary.org/summer-christmas/
God with us: Part I http://alittlesanctuary.org/god-us-part/
God with us: Part II http://alittlesanctuary.org/god-us-part-ii/
God with us: Part III http://alittlesanctuary.org/god-us-part-iii/
Storying Christmas: Waiting http://alittlesanctuary.org/storying-christmas-waiting/
Christmas Eve & The Miracle Fern http://alittlesanctuary.org/christmas-eve-miracle-fern/