How to Wait
How to Wait
“Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;.
And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way....
But only the redeemed will walk there.”
-  Isaiah 35, 3-4, 8-9
Few people enjoy waiting whether it’s for a joyous event - a birthday, a vacation, a birth, or something more mundane – waiting in a doctor’s office, in line at the check out or stopped at a red light.  At Advent, Christians anticipate the coming of Christ from two perspectives: coming as a baby 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem; and His coming again in the future.  As we prepare for the coming of the Christ child, how should we wait for the return of Christ?  In frustration?  In anger?  In disbelief?  In denial? In rejection?
So how should we wait?  Isaiah chapter 35 provides two answers.  Firstly, we should wait with patience.  “Be strong, do not fear” (v4). Though sometimes it can seem like the world is falling apart around us, as we face struggles and heartaches of our own, we need to remember that this world is not our permanent home.  That home will come with waiting.
Secondly, we should be holy.  Being holy means to be set apart, dedicated to God.  When people look at us, do they see something different?  Our behavior, our actions, our beliefs and our commitment to our beliefs should be radically different from those of the world.  It is more than just coming to Church on Sundays.  Our actions throughout the week should reflect God’s light – “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) 
As we journey though this season of Advent, let us be grateful to God for sending his son to this earth.  And let us look forward to Christ’s return with patience and holiness.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your precious son to earth to be our Savior.  Help us to be a light in this dark world, as we practice patience and holiness.  May people see You in us. Amen. 
 - Joanna Strelow


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:55 PM
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