"Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!" Psalm 27:14.
Advent is about waiting. Waiting on God. Waiting on God requires strength and courage, because waiting comes with a lot of unknown.
Only a courages, strong person can say that I don’t have the answers, but I’m waiting on God who has the answers. It takes tremendous courage and tremendous strength to stand in the wind of the unknown, to stand firm in the rain of unanswered questions, to be rock solid when facing uncertainty. Only a strong and courages person can be strong enough not to run ahead and find the answers, solve the problems, but to wait for the Lord.
Waiting is trusting. Waiting is confidence. Confidence not in us, but in God who has the answers, who holds the future and who designs our path. Waiting strengthens our faith.
We like answers, we like certainty, we like the well-known. We hate ambiguity, uncertainty, un-walked roads. We follow people who have the answers - even if their answers are wrong, but at least they seem to be confident.
But only very confident people are able to say this: “I don’t know, I don’t have the answers. But I’m totally secure, strong and confident in this unknown, because I follow the One who knows the answers, just he decided not to reveal those to me yet. But when He thinks it’s time for me to know, He will guide me.”
God has purposes with keeping us in the waiting room.
- The waiting room of God uncover our true heart and our true identity. It reveals the ugly reality of our inner insecurities. It reveals our fears and panics. It reveals the naked reality of our soul. It reveals what we trust in, what we hope for, who we follow.
- The waiting room of God teaches us that our security doesn’t come from the answers, from the known future, but from the One who knows the answers and who designs our future.
God has time. He prepared the most important event of history, the birth of His Son for many centuries. If He was willing to wait with that for so long, than we can be assured that at the right time, he will reveal and accomplish His will in our life, too.
So, until that, wait for the Lord! And in the meantime, be strong, take courage - your future is in the secure and loving hands of Jesus every day of your life!