Be Still…

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December tends to be one of the busiest months of the year.  God chose the perfect time to bring “Peace on earth” and his Son, Jesus, into our lives.  We just need to be still and wait for the Lord.   Waiting is one of the major themes of Advent; and we’re not very good at waiting!  I’m sure you’ve heard the desperate prayer, “Give me patience, Lord, and right now!” 

How many times have we prayed for a healing for a family member or friend, and it seemed like God was out to lunch?  We need it now, Lord, before it’s too late!  Why must we wait?  What good can possibly come from waiting, especially when the healing that we want doesn’t come. 

But God’s Word tells us, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  Sometimes we have to wait a long time to see any good come out of a difficult or troubling situation, and sometimes the good comes in unexpected ways.  But hasn’t it been your experience that when we wait long enough for the Lord, he will make the good known to us? 

The Psalmist writes, “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?” (Ps. 13:1)  But again it is written, “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Ps. 37:7a)  “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”  (Ps. 130:5)  God is always out ahead of us; He has the answer to our prayers long before we even pray.  As much as it might irritate us, it is actually in the waiting that God is working in us! 

The Israelites waited four hundred years to get out of slavery in Egypt and centuries more for the promised Messiah.  When Jesus finally came, they didn’t recognize him, indicating that they weren’t really waiting for the Lord all that time, but rather they were too busy with their own agenda.  Advent only makes us wait four weeks; yet are we any better at recognizing Jesus?  Are we too busy with our own agenda and our society’s celebration of the holidays to wait for the Lord and actually allow him to work in us during this Advent time of waiting? 

Advent means coming, and Jesus tells us at the end of the Bible, “Surely I am coming soon!”  We have to wait!  But how we wait, and the One for whom we wait, makes all the difference in the world.  “Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!” 

                             Pastor Kurt Wandrey