During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
The Real Wait
“. . . they were both advanced in years.” Luke 1:7
Watches, purses, shoes! No matter how good a copy, it’s still not the real thing. There is a distinct difference between the original and the knock off. The same is true for phrases, they have been around for a long time and pass for truth. But they are a cheap version of the truth. There are a number of imitation truths:
- God helps those who help themselves.
- Cleanliness is next to godliness.
- To thine own self be true.
- Good things come to those who wait.
The original of “good things come to those who wait” finds its roots in Lamentations 3:25 which reads, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” The phrases are similar, but with two distinct differences. One, God, not us, defines what are the good things. Secondly, the one who receives good things must first be engaged in the spiritual discipline of waiting. There’s no ambiguity in how God defines good things, and waiting is never pointless. God is the giver of good things. He gives it to those who wait patiently, passionately and prayerfully.
Good things do not come to those who stick it out long enough, but to those who wait with expectant hope in Him. And Jesus is proof that God’s goodness is exceedingly good, and His goodness is worth waiting for.
Zachariah, and his wife, Elizabeth, had waited a long time for a child. They were godly, obedient and faithful. And still God decided it would be good for them to wait. They waited beyond the laws of nature, time and biology. Finally, the wait was over. Their prayer was answered. Their son was born to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He would introduce the ministry of Jesus. The one who would make lives whole, defeat sin and redeem the world.
Today, you may be waiting for more than a holiday. You are waiting for a cure, hope, sobriety, peace or healing. Keep waiting, stay focused on Jesus. There is hope, because what you’re waiting for, is worth the wait.
Aim your season of waiting towards Jesus and Jesus only.