We are always waiting. The next pay day. Christmas. The next time we get to see a loved one who lives far away. A new relationship to start. For a child to arrive. For a sickness to end. For the game to be over – hopefully resulting in a win. For Stefanie to get DONE talking so we can leave for the day. For something exciting – whatever that might be.
We wait for so many things, and as we all know, the ultimate thing Christians wait for is for Christ to come again.
So what do you do when you wait? When I’m waiting, I have a tendency to be fidgety. Super fidgety. I have fake teeth and awful nails because when I’m waiting, I’m usually chomping, and if food isn’t available, my nails always are.
Why is waiting so terrible? I happen to think it’s the not knowing what to do with yourself while you wait. When you were a kid and you were waiting for Christmas – you were probably so excited with the prospects of what you might be given that you ran like a wild-person and drove your parents crazy. We don’t have that option as adults.
So we look at this present, this gift of salvation we have been given by God in the form of Christ, and we wait. We wait. We wait. We know we are not required to do anything to be saved, and there have even been arguments about whether or not good works could HARM our salvation – so you wonder and you wait. You might look to the Bible for answers – and there are so many wonderful things in there, you will find things and think you know it all!
And then something will come crashing down, because we are human, broken, and desperately in need of Christ, which is why He came to save us. We have to remind ourselves that it isn’t up to us to save ourselves, our faith is what saves us.
Waiting is terrible because things can change. We are given the Bible as a guidebook, and while it has wonderful meaning, there isn’t a section of “how-to” live one’s life. You are given many examples of what not to do, plenty of awesome, albeit vague parables from Jesus, and a promise of salvation that will come at an unknown time. This time is not mentioned contrary to many a doomsdayer’s predictions – Christ himself said in Acts 1:7: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
So we wait. And we wonder. Some may panic. Some may feel incredibly at peace. Some may search for the answers that God only knows.
That waiting isn’t enough for this life – we all know that. We’d better keep ourselves occupied. Enjoy the gifts we have been given by God. Know that the gift, that promise, is worth the hellatiousness of waiting, and be glad that Christ has already died to erase our inequities. (Be glad He only had to do it once!) Find strength in that promise, and though the waiting is difficult, the reward will be more glorious than we can imagine.