We are in the season of Advent.....a time when we prepare ourselves and wait for the promised one. Waiting is a hard thing for most of us. We are an impatient lot and made so be the society that encourages our impatience. We want instant gratification (perhaps that is inborn, just watch an infant when it is time to eat). We want our communication to be instant thus comes e-mail and texting and cell phones and portable computers and tweeting and all of the other forms of instant communication. We want same day shipping and instant success in our careers. We see folks who are greatly impatient; they cut in lines and weave in an out of traffic trying to move up a space or two. We suffer from our impatience with attacks of acid indigestion and high blood pressure and tension headaches. We are not a patient bunch, but Advent says to us "wait for him who is promised".
Why? Why must we wait? Why can't we have our Savior now? Interesting questions because we know that the Savior has already come. We know that he surrounds us in the Holy Spirit, that he is ever available to those who call on his name so why the waiting? Is it for preparation?
My wife prepare meticulously for the honored guest. Bathrooms are cleaned. Mirrors are polished. Rugs are vacuumed. Bookshelves are dusted. Fresh towels and linens are brought out. Everything is in its appointed place before the guest arrives. All is in readiness. Are you ready for a most honored guest?
Are there things that need to be repented of? Are there promises that need to be kept? How about that vow that you made when you first accepted Christ as your Savior? How have you been doing with that rejecting of the power of the deceiver? How have you been doing with making Jesus the center of your life? Keeping up with your Bible reading? Daily devotions? Prayer?
Old and New Testaments alike remind us to "prepare the way for the Lord. We are to make straight the way for our God. Every valley is to be raise up, every mountain and hill to made low, the rough ground is be made level." While we are waiting for the "glory of the Lord" to appear this Christmas season, let's spend a little more time getting ready. An honored guest is coming. He desires a special place in your heart. "Prepare the way for the Lord!"