So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition.- George Macdonald
During this advent season, we once again come to a place of surrender. This yearly surrender reminds us of our need to “wait.” It reminds us that we haven’t arrived quite yet.
We are reminded of the Israelites who waited on their savior. Through conquest, silence and genocide- Israel waited.
Then, despite their waiting, many Israelites missed the very thing they spent their life waiting for. They missed the coming of the Son of God.
This advent season, may we remain diligently focused on the Christ we hope to see. May we not become distracted by things that promise life, yet only result in death.
We have a savior who has come, died, and risen, and the Advent season teaches us to anticipate the work Christ is still doing in the world and in our hearts. As Christians, we have hope, but we for now, we must wait. We must wait on the Holy Spirit, and we must wait on the work he has begun in us.
It’s true that waiting is a difficult task, but as George Macdonald wrote, “The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition“
So, this Advent season, may we celebrate in our waiting because we can trust in the knowledge that we’re daily being made into creatures of the eternal.