If there is one thing I’ve learned about God through the birth of Jesus it’s that God is patient. Often the thing that can cause us to stumble is to feel like God is urgently pushing us forward, or that something needs to be done right now.
I think we definitely need to make sure we are intentional with what we do with the days we have been given on this earth. However, when I feel like something might be urgent I know that the only effective thing I can do in that moment is to pray.
Thinking about the birth of our Savior, God was truly patient. He waited a long time to produce a Savior of the world, and one has to wonder why He didn’t move a little faster in doing so. I think within the culture of our religion we have been taught that sharing the good news is urgent because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
One thing I do know is that all we can do is what we are in control of. I know that if someone is going to commit their life to The Lord they will do so when they are ready because accepting Christ into one’s life is a personal decision that nobody else can make for them. All we can do is share the good news and pray.
The only person that can choose to follow Jesus on a daily basis is ourselves. Nobody can be committed to The Lord for us. Nobody can make those difficult decisions to move forward, to trust God, or to simply have faith in Him. We all need to make those choices ourselves.
This makes me so grateful that God is patient, and He is patient with me. I am so grateful that when I mess up He is the one who truly knows my heart, and He is the one who knows what lies I have believed in the process, or what truths I have yet to see.
Sometimes it is difficult to be patient with those around us, too. I know for me the reminder that God is patient, and He is patient with me, helps me to remember to be patient with those around me, too. Maybe we might not realize it, but Christmas is about relationships, not gifts. Every single one of our traditions is about either our relationship with God, or our relationship with others. This is God’s plan, and will, for our lives; His relationship with us and our relationship with those around us.
The birth of Jesus makes all of this possible.
So on day 22 of advent I am opening the gift of patience that God has given me through the birth of Jesus. For this I am so thankful.
P.S. My gift to you is the Ecc. 7:8 scripture image shown at the top of this post. Just download, print, cut out, and enjoy!
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