Advent is a time of preparation.
We prepare for Christmas in our homes.
We prepare for Christ in our hearts as we remember His birth.
There is waiting in the midst of the preparation.
We wait for gifts we ordered online to come in the mail.
We wait for the day to put up the tree.
We wait for the right time to get our baking done.
We wait for the best sales to complete our shopping.
We wait to see what special gift our loved ones will surprise us with.
There is much anticipation as we wait, whether at Christmas or any time in life.
Waiting for the perfect gift, waiting for God to bring about that transformation, waiting for the answer to our prayer, whatever it is, waiting is hard.
Isaiah 64:4 tells us something special about waiting, specifically about waiting for God. It says:
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
God acts on behalf of those who wait for him. He wants us to wait for Him. It is when we wait for Him, and when we do not try to grab the gift before it is given, that He acts on our behalf. It is when we wait that He brings about His best plans and intentions for His children.
I want to share 4 things to remember as you wait for the Lord. We, His children, look to Him with hope and anticipation as we pray and seek His will. We desire to see Him work on our behalf.
As you wait:
1. Wait with expectation.
2. Amble forward, have slow feet.
3. Involve yourself in serving Him.
4. Trust His timing.
Wait with expectation.
When you wait for the Lord to work on your behalf, wait with expectation. His promises are real, look for Him to act. It seems that when we aren’t expecting God to act, we aren’t really believing in the possibility of what He is able to do. The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians that the Lord is able to do more than we can ask or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20). So, why wouldn’t we wait expectantly?
Amble forward, have slow feet.
When we wait for the Lord to work we need to amble forward, move with slow feet. It is too easy to want to try to manipulate and maneuver things into place ahead of the Lord. But take it slow, don’t rush to make it happen. When we go ahead of God we always end up with trouble. He, in his perfect wisdom, has it all under control. He knows what needs to take place in order to make it happen.
Involve yourself in serving Him.
While you wait fix your heart on serving Him. Show your love for Him by honoring Him with your service. Waiting doesn’t mean sitting idle. It doesn’t have to be a time of growing impatient and being filled with anxiety about the outcome. You can find great satisfaction in waiting on Him as you wait for Him.
Trust His timing.
While you wait, don’t fret, rest in His love, and trust His timing to be perfect. He knows exactly what you need, and exactly the precise moment you need it. He is our perfect God, He is our Father who gives good and perfect gifts. Why would we expect anything less? He gave us Jesus, the Savior of the world, our Redemption and Hope. He will not disappoint.
God’s gifts to us, His work on our behalf, always bring about deliverance, new hope, and the perfect fulfillment of His plan for our lives. We must only wait.
How will you wait?