Advent Devotion, December 15

Waiting for Our Blessed Hope
By Pr. Jeff Weber

Have you ever noticed that the anticipation of something good is often sweeter then the actual thing itself–that the best moments are those leading up to the actual moment?   Such is the paradox of delayed gratification, and such is the beauty of the season of Advent.  Through Advent we rehearse in our collective memory the journey from our Father’s first promise of a Savior in Genesis 3:14-15, to its culmination in the birth of our Messiah.  It is the story of waiting, of hope, struggle, fear, and finally, fulfillment and joy.   It is THE story in His story.

From the beginning of time, God has made his gifts sweeter by the delay we so often pray to avoid.   God rarely gives us gifts or pleasure in their instant form. When he wanted to give us fruit, he gave us seeds, wine through fermentation, birth through gestation.  What mother cannot recall the wonder of carrying life within her and the joy of holding that child for the first time?  It seems, the greater the gift, the longer the wait.  When our Father chose to give us a Savior, He grew silent for 400 years while His people hoped, prayed, expected and anticipated centuries long prophetic promises.   It was at the peak of that silence that God broke thorough with the wonder of the incarnation.  And, as described in the Gospel of Matthew; the people which sat in darkness saw great light.

As you contemplate and rediscover the mystery of our God becoming flesh this season, find encouragement in knowing His delays in your life are just one of the many ways he loves you.  And, as the people of God did a few thousand years ago, welcome Him afresh to our world—to your world, and live with the centuries long expectation, for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).