Pastor Paul Marzahn
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins….“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”
Matthew 1:21, 23 NIV
What do you think about when you hear the word “wait”? How do you like that word? Hold on a moment. Just a second. Be with you in a minute. I’ll be right back. Notice all of our euphemisms for waiting include some kind of effort to make us believe the amount of time we have to wait will actually be very small? What are you personally waiting for? If you’re in school, you’re waiting for the bell to ring, or summer, or zoom classes to end. Maybe you are single and waiting on finding a life partner. If you’re dating, hopefully you’re waiting on marriage for sex. If you’re married, maybe you’re waiting to have kids. If you have kids, maybe you’re waiting for them to talk, walk, go to school, get home from school, finish dinner, and finally go to bed! Maybe you’re still trying to have kids. Maybe you’re waiting on a diagnosis. Waiting on a promotion. Waiting for some kind of break from this battle with Covid. As I am writing this article, we are still waiting to find out who will be our next president. The Christian season called “Advent” is a reminder to wait. It leads up to Christmas as a reminder to wait in anticipation to celebrate the Savior’s birth. The culture starts celebrating Christmas in July, but Christmas cannot be rushed.
Think about Joseph. He had to wait. He was pledged to be married. We know from Scripture he was honoring Mary and God by waiting on marriage to consummate the relationship. We also know that after the angel told Joseph his virgin fiancée was pregnant with Jesus, that Joseph took Mary as his wife. Was God with Mary in the waiting? Yes. God was with her everywhere she went for nine months. Think Mary still felt like she was waiting? Mary is proof that God’s not only with us in the waiting, but God is also growing something powerful in us through the waiting. When God sent His only Son to be with us and announced Him to Earth, you know what He called Him? Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
Questions to Consider:
1. Consider today what God has done to be with us. What are you willing to do or give up to be with God especially this Christmas season?
2. What is something you are waiting for? What’s God growing in you because you’re waiting?