Sunday, December 4, 2022
“How Do We Wait?”
Carol Sue Hutchinson
Advent is a time set aside in the Church calendar for us to reflect on the upcoming Celebration of Jesus’ birth. We are waiting, for some of us, with great anticipation. As Christians, we are also looking forward and waiting for the second coming of Christ. In this passage of scripture, Paul is giving us a pattern of how to wait. Let’s be honest, for most of us waiting is usually a time of anxiety and impatience. Paul has a different pattern.
He starts with rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Rejoicing seems like an unusual characteristic of waiting. We are not just waiting for and waiting in the unknown. We are rejoicing in the Lord who does know what lies ahead of us. When we trust Jesus, we can rejoice in him because he only wants the best for us.
While we wait, we are to let our gentleness be known. This is one of the most difficult words in Greek to translate. Some of the words used to translate this Greek word are moderation, softness, the patient mind, forbearance, and others. You get the idea. We are waiting with a gentle spirit that believes beyond all doubt that God will see you through whatever this waiting will bring.
All of this is wrapped up in prayer, knowing that God loves you, he will protect you from harm and He wants the very best for you. Now, what is the result of us waiting in this way? Verse 7 says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Again, our trust and obedience in and to God brings us peace. Peace is such a big word. The opposite of peace is anxiety. God wants our waiting to be peaceful and not filled with anxiety. How will you wait for the celebration of Christ’s birth?
Prayer: Holy God, wrap us in your peace while we wait for your return. May our demeanor be that of Christ during this time of reflection. Amen.