Like it, love it, hate it, loathe it…Valentine’s Day is upon us – a made up day celebrating the anything but made up beauty of love. Some spend this day alone. Others spend this day giving or receiving flowers, candies, gifts, expensive dinners, etc.…but if you’re like me you can skip all of that and trade it for an empty sink (having someone else that washed the dishes) and an evening spent in comfy pj’s, fuzzy socks, and wrapped up in a warm blanket relaxing with the one you love. Wrapping up some thoughts on Biblical waiting, I thought it only fitting to discuss for a moment the greatest love story this world has ever known, reminding us of its availability to us all, and roll through our brains the often forgotten wait that it entails.
John 1:1 tells us,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 goes on to tell us,
and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
These are scriptures that tell us that we serve a God that loves us so much that He chose to wrap himself into a body to live among us. I find Him fascinating. He didn’t come to us as many would have expected – as a King. He didn’t come to us unapproachable and sitting on a throne to dictate to us what we should do. No, He came to us quietly, of no reputation, and in the form of a servant –speaking VOLUMES about the God in which we serve. Did He have to come this way? No, but He thought enough of us to see that we were worth saving, and in His thought, He chose to become like us and to live life showing us the way to live giving us a pattern in which to follow.
His love for us is intriguing. It is a love that is utterly impossible for our human minds to comprehend. His love for us is so strong that He came to this Earth knowing that in the end His own creation (the one that He was working so hard to save) was going to turn against Him. He came knowing that not everyone was going to accept Him or see Him for who He is. He came knowing that the only way to bring reconciliation to His people was sacrifice, and that sacrifice was His very own body. He knew what was to come – He knew it, and He still chose it. He chose the rejection, He chose the hurt, He chose the pain, He chose the nails, He chose the thorns, He chose the whips, He chose the cross, He chose us – He chose US because He looks at us, and He sees value, and says we are worth saving, dying for, and waiting on. He did it all with willingness and understanding that a wait would be required of Him, a wait for our eyes to see, a wait for our hearts to trust, a wait for us to accept – a wait for us to- Choose Him.
Think it over:
1) Have you found yourself in a wait?
2) If you are in a wait, have you stopped to consider everything your Savior has endured for you?
3) Consider the life of our God. Consider His work on Calvary, and consider that if He was willing to endure all of that for YOU that you can trust HIM in this wait you find yourself in.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Thank Him for His saving grace. Thank Him for His unrelenting love. Thank Him for His pursuit for your soul, and thank HIM that He is making a way in this wait you’re experiencing and pray it all in the powerful name of Jesus…and wait. Your wait will not be in vain.
Want to read more about Biblical waiting? Check these out!
Week 1- Who wants to wait?
Week 2 – Waiting still