Advent is a time of waiting, which requires patience. It is a difficult fruit for me to cultivate. I like to have a plan and get things worked out in advance. I like to arrive early and be prepared. I want to know I have things under control. It’s hard for me to surrender to God’s timing.
However, the Bible tells us over and over again to “wait for the Lord” who does things “at just the right time.” You see, it’s all about trust. When we truly trust God, we don’t have to obsess about whether we’ve done enough or worry and fret about what might happen next. We can be patient, and endure whatever is going on around us, knowing that God is in control and will act in the right way and at the right time.
The prophet Isaiah predicted the birth of the Messiah:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah proclaimed God’s plan, but he never saw it’s final fulfillment. Jesus was not born for over 700 years! We have the benefit of Scripture which shows us again and again that God keeps His promises. Our role is to relax in God’s grace and wait … patiently.