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WAITING WITH JOY

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But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Galations 4:4-5

Waiting with hopeful anticipation. That’s what this season is all about. The coming of our savior had been promised literally for centuries. Centuries of living under the law. Centuries of waiting for Jesus to come and shatter the law.

As we sit now, we have the benefit of knowing the rest of the story. Jesus was born of a virgin, walked the earth a sinless man and died on the cross for us and in spite of us. With that He brought a kind of hope the world has never seen. A kind that is eternal, through faith, and not by works. A kind with infinite grace and mercy. A kind that, frankly, doesn’t make sense.

The greatest gift that can never be earned but can always be received.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son. (v4)

What this tells me is that God has had this perfect timing thing down from the beginning. Not a minute too soon or too late. So as we sit in this season of advent, of waiting, we can do so with full assurance that Jesus has come, died and rose again. So why is it so hard to wait in our own lives? Certainly we have all been through a season of waiting. Maybe you’re in one right now. You may be waiting on something big or small. Surely you haven’t been waiting for centuries, but maybe it’s been weeks, months or years. Perhaps you feel forgotten, discouraged, and confused. Maybe you have even started to believe that God’s promises aren’t actually true.

I am in a season of waiting in my life. At times I wait joyfully, believing faithfully in the promises of God. And yet in others, I sit in this reality that God’s timing is hardly, if ever my own. It can be painful and lonely at times. I bet you can relate. But in this season of Advent, I am determined to press into this waiting with joyful anticipation. Because we know the rest of the story. We know Jesus was indeed born. We know He is our Savior and in Him we can find comfort and joy, peace and hope like we never could before.

But when the set time had fully come. (v4)

It can be easy to say that we want nothing apart from God in His due time. It can be another thing entirely to believe and live it. But by grace and through faith we are adopted into the Kingdom of Christ. One that cannot be shaken and in it has victory.

It is my prayer this season that we can wait with joyful hope and anticipation. That we remain awake in His presence.

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives always. AMEN.