Advent is all about waiting. And waiting is difficult.
We do well to remember that we are waiting on a God who is not in a hurry. He is never early. He is never late. He is always right on time. I think the Bible refers to this as ‘the fullness of time.’
My mind is naturally impatient. I want things to be done now. Then, when things are not done the way I desired for them to be done, I panic.
But as I grow in faith, I realize more and more that God doesn’t operate on a calendar and schedule in the manner that I do. His ways are not my ways. His thoughts are not my thoughts.
He is not subject to time. He is the Lord of time. He is outside of time. Time is His servant. Time does what He tells it to do.
I am, on the other hand, completely subject to time. I am inside of time. The best I can hope to do with time is redeem it and make the best use of it.
Therefore, I view life dissimilarly than God does. I view it through the linear lens of time, while He views it through the simultaneous lens of eternity.
So to my eyes, it is going to appear that He is not in a hurry, perhaps even careless (see John 11).
The following is an excerpt from Streams in the Desert (August 16) by L.B. Cowman.
In waiting, I waited, for the Lord (Psalms 40:1-6).
Waiting is much more difficult than walking. Waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. It is fine to know that God builds hedges around His people–when the hedge is looked at from the viewpoint of protection. But when the hedge is kept around one until it grows so high that he cannot see over the top, and wonders whether he is ever to get out of the little sphere of influence and service in which he is pent up, it is hard for him sometimes to understand why he may not have a larger environment–hard for him to “brighten the corner” where he is. But God has a purpose in all HIS holdups. “The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord,” reads Psalm 37:23.
On the margin of his Bible at this verse George Mueller had a notation, “And the stops also.” It is a sad mistake for men to break through God’s hedges. It is a vital principle of guidance for a Christian never to move out of the place in which he is sure God has placed him until the Pillar of Cloud moves.
Now in this hope, we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25