Let’s be honest. Wait is a four-letter word. No one likes to wait.
We live in an instant society where speed means everything. We demand instant.
Do you remember waiting for Christmas? Agony. The days couldn’t go by fast enough.
The anticipation of opening gifts. The hope of receiving what we asked for. Expected.
The advent season means expectation. It means more than the rush and crush of programs, get-togethers, and shopping. It refers to a promise fulfilled. The promise of Messiah. Saviour. His arrival.
Galatians 4:4 tells us: “But when the right time came, God sent His Son…” The right time refers to a fixed time, an appointed time, a set time. God always comes at the right time.
What are you waiting for? Just because God hasn’t come through (as far as you can see), it doesn’t mean He has abandoned you.
Though you can’t see what He is doing it doesn’t mean He is not working.
He is always working. When the time is right He will not delay.
In your waiting, let the birth of Christ encourage you.
That’s the hope of Christmas. In Christmas we see that God is faithful.
Take hope in the manger and know that you are loved and prized by the God who stepped down from heaven and arrived at the perfect time for you.
I’m excited to see what this might look like for you.
He may not come in the way we expect Him to. But He will come.
Merry Christmas from Pastor Rick and Jan and The Summerland Alliance Church family.
Rick Gay is the pastor at Summerland Alliance Church.