Psa. 27:14 Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Do you remember counting the days until Christmas as a child? It seems like the Chipmunks captured that whole drama, “I can hardly stand to wait. Please Christmas don’t be late”. I wonder if there is something spiritual about that joyful anticipation for Christmas as a child? I think maybe there is. All of us are waiting, we are waiting for the unseen and the unknown. We are all waiting on God. Just as Israel had been waiting for a Savior for hundreds of years when Christ finally appeared, we are waiting again. We are waiting on the coming kingdom. We may not be totally in touch with that but inside of all of us is a longing; we are longing for the ‘kingdom come’. Here is an excerpt from Louie Giglio’s book on waiting for God. It is followed by one of our beloved Christmas hymns.
“God is not slow. He is merciful. He has come in the person of Christ, extending His open arms to all. Every day in which He waits to blast the final trumpet is a day of extended grace. It is a day for more people to hear of His love, for others to trust in His promise, for more people to forsake evil ways, for you to put your hope in Jesus.
The day is coming when sin will be done away with and the earth will be restored to its perfect fullness. But God is patient, waiting for all those He loves to find their way to Him. But, make no mistake. God is coming. The enemy will be cast out. All things will be made new.”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel”
So like the Chipmunks, we are waiting. We are waiting for redemption to be on full display. We are waiting for the end of poverty, and sickness and loneliness. We are waiting for His promises to be fully realized. We are waiting for the promise of Christmas. “I can hardly stand to wait. Please Christmas don’t be late”.