No one likes waiting. Whether its waiting in line for a roller coaster, waiting on the calendar for Hume Lake to finally arrive, or waiting to open up the Christmas presents - no one likes it. Sometimes waiting on God can be a difficult task for our faith. If we pray and seem to not receive answers right away - that can be a tall order for our faith at times. When we seem to be waiting and waiting on God, our natural tendency will be to question: Is God listening? Does He care? Does He really exist? If we ever get to that point of waiting on the Lord, it can be beneficial to take a look at the very first Christmas story.
God spoke to His people throughout the Old Testament in a variety of different ways: through prophets, sending angels and other messengers, or even speaking to people Himself. Prior to Jesus’ birth, however, God went silent - for a total of 400 years. That’s a long time to wait to hear from the Lord! When people wait that long for answers and messages for God, there’s a good chance that a lot of those people would lose faith. In Luke 1:5-25, we see the wheels of Christmas start to roll and God’s silence is broken. God sent an angel named Gabriel to speak to Zacharias, to tell him that even though he and his wife Elizabeth were older and unable to have children, that because of their sincere obedience and faithfulness (v. 6), God would provide them a son named John to prepare the way for the long-awaited Savior.
Even though there was 400 years of silence, that didn’t deter Zacharias and Elizabeth from being faithful to God and His Word. Let’s take from their example: waiting needs to be accompanied by faithfulness. A lot of times when we wait on the Lord, we can become impatient and try to take control of the situation. But God knows what’s best, He is in control, and He will work on His time. Waiting reminds us that God is in control, not us. As we see from this first Christmas story, God delivers on the promise of sending a Savior: a promise that was made thousands of years prior (Gen. 3:14-15). If we remain faithful, understand the many promises of the Lord, and let God take the control He deserves - then we can rest knowing that God is the deliverer of promises!
Are you willing to play the "waiting game" with God? Will you remain faithful in times of confusion and struggle? Are there things that you are waiting on right now? Remain faithful to God and continue to trust in Him because He has proven time and time again that He will be faithful to His promises.