“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4
God wants to be desired and to be trusted. God wants His People to be willing to wait for Him with joy, with great anticipation and with confident expectation that He will fulfill all His promises.
Will God fail to fulfill the soul that waits for Him?
The challenge in today’s society is that we are conditioned to expect instant gratification. From instant messages to immediate customer service, we are a generation accustomed to speedy responses. In this consumer-centric world, we are socialized into thinking we should have what we want, when we want it, how we want it. But how does God fit into this experience that resolves around human egos?
How prepared are we to wait for God to fulfill our hearts?
Do we have confidence that He will fulfill the deepest desires in our hearts?
Let’s reflect on Psalm 37: 3-11
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.”
God calls us to be humble trusting in His mercy. He calls us to be meek, surrendering to His holy will as we acknowledge His greatness and have faith in His infinite love for us. God will fulfill our hearts, but we must first worship Him and praise Him, giving Him glory and honour.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
Sometimes what we think we desire is not really what we need. God knows that! God knows all and He loves us more than anyone in our lives. During this Christmas season as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Our Lord, let’s wait for Him in quiet anticipation, considering some important questions.
- Are our lives right with God or do we need to repent and start anew?
- Do we know what God expects from us?
- Are we living lives that give Him glory?
- Where will our hearts and minds be this Christmas? Will they be with God?
- How much of our lives are we willing to give God? Will we trust Him completely?
- Do we see God in the people that surround us?
- Are our hearts becoming hardened by the challenges we face? Do we need Jesus to transform our hearts and our minds, making us more like Him?
Let us pray…
Holy Lord, I love You! Please give me a heart and mind that is like yours, selfless, merciful and just. I want to give You my entire life! I want to live in continuous anticipation of our eternal communion in heaven. I am waiting for You to continue to inspire me and to guide me on paths that will honour You and give You glory. I trust in You and I pray that all people will come to have great confidence in Your love. There is nothing more You can give us! You came into the world to teach us how to love and You proved Your love to us on the Cross. So as we journey towards Christmas, Lord Jesus, we wait for You, we long for You, we give our hearts to You, we thank You for Your many blessings. We pray for Your grace that You may help us to be humble and generous, forgiving and merciful. Use us as instruments of Your Holy Will. My soul will never stop desiring You for You are my heart’s desire and my soul longs for You, and for You alone!
Let us keep praying for our world so broken by the current pandemic. Let us pray that 2021 will bring healing and restoration. Please join Christians all over the world that are stopping at 3pm (daily), the Time Our Lord Jesus died for us, to remember His Passion and pray for Jesus to send us His Holy Spirit to teach us to love, to forgive and to become the righteous people He longs us to be.