Advent, like all seasons of God-centered rest, is a reminder that God calls us to wait so that we can be prepared for whatever He is about to do next. In the Gospels, for instance, Jesus is baptized and lauded by the voice of the Father, and is then “cast into the wilderness” by the Holy Spirit for a time of fasting and focused rest.
During this period of rest, Jesus is overcoming temptation and preparing for His next steps. When His wilderness journey comes to an end, Jesus emerges ready for the next aspect of ministry in step with God the Father’s pace and not at the pace that the world demands.
Likewise, as we enter the season of waiting for the beginning of the Christian New Year (Advent), we are called to restfulness, preparation, and expectation.
Can we begin to put the past year behind us and to enter into a time of dedicated rest? Can we refocus our hearts on the fullness of the Christmas season – the fullness of the presence of Christ leading us into new adventures? In the words of the great theologian Jurgen Moltmann, Christians are “people of Advent:” people who live their lives truly expecting God’s leadership and movement into the future.
Let us allow the Holy Spirit to create such an Advent in us, as families and as churches. This will set the tone for a truly Christ-centered Christmas season. More than that, it will open our hearts to whatever God is preparing for us in the days ahead. May we find rest, refocus, and refreshing as Advent moves us toward Christmas.
This post was written by Charles W. Christian the managing editor of Holiness Today. You can find the original post here: www.holinesstoday.org/why-we-wait