Posted on: 17th December 2018
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
What is the greatest gift you have ever received? When you got it, did it fulfil everything you hoped it would? My son really wanted a step counter last year. I found it at the back of the card drawer last week, unused. Frustratingly, he has asked for a step counter again this year.
As I grew up there was one gift I always wanted – Subbuteo. Last year I managed to fulfil my childhood ambition. I didn’t get it directly, I bought it for my son. Having played it only three times this year I can confirm that it wasn’t the life changing gift I had built it up to be.
Scholars and religious leaders had read the books of the prophets and were waiting in expectation for the Messiah to be born. Thirty years after the birth of Jesus, one of those scholars had questions that he was afraid to ask in the open, so he came to Jesus at night. His name was Nicodemus. I love the conversation he had with Jesus. He approaches Jesus and says “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no-one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus’ response is exceptional and is definitely worth reading over the festive period. In John chapter 3 verse 16, Jesus announces himself as the greatest gift ever. Imagine a gift that begins today and last for eternity.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
In preparation for Christmas celebrations, please consider the words of Jesus. If believing in him can lead to eternal life, as well as life to the full here, isn’t that the greatest gift ever given. If a gift like that was offered to you, how would you respond?
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40 v 31)
Wait. (Verb) To remain in readiness for a purpose.
Patience. (Verb) the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
There are certain periods with the Christian calendar that are all about waiting; Lent & Advent to name two. However, throughout the bible there are many powerful verses that suggest that Christians are to consistently be waiting. Waiting on God.
- God has the perfect timing for things to happen – Isaiah 60 v 22 & Ecclesiastes 3 v 1
- Waiting on God brings fruition – Psalm 37 v 7
- Waiting on God brings deliverance and answer to prayer – Psalm 33 v 20 & Psalm 38 v 15
- Waiting on God gives you strength – Isaiah 40 v 31
As the dictionary’s definition above suggests, to wait is to remain in readiness for a purpose. That is what Christian’s do, wait on God their greater cause, as their guide, their prompt and their light in their life.
Charles Spurgeon says it best like this:
“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.
What are you waiting on this week? If God was to call, would you be ready? Are you waiting with nerve or patiently knowing God has the perfect time for all things in and under heaven?