Christmas is coming! If you have been to the stores lately, you have noticed a change. The candy aisles of Halloween have been replaced with toys and trinkets of Christmas. The Home and Garden centers look more like the wintery North Pole than the nurseries of spring. Yes, the season has changed.
Let’s review a bit about Advent. Advent means “coming.” It is a time that the church remembers the first “advent” or “coming” of Christ, while eagerly awaiting the second “advent” or “coming” of Christ. The Advent season begins four Sundays before Christmas. During the Advent season, the church makes a spiritual journey—a pilgrimage into the birth of Christ. The journey begins at a distance from the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, and each weak we draw closer to the birth.
In other words, Advent is about faith and waiting. What are you waiting on God for this year? Remember the years of silence as God’s people waited for the Messiah. Take time today, right now, to reflect on the fact that God’s timing is quite different from ours. The story of Jesus birth gives us assurance and joy because even though the waiting lingered for decades, God broke through at just the right time.
Share: Share with a friend or family member something you are waiting for.
Encourage: Encourage someone you know who is weary of waiting. Remind them of God’s promises.
Evaluate: Take inventory of your relationship with God. Are you struggling with His silence?
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13