Advent is here! Is your lamp filled with oil in preparation for the groom’s announcement? Are you dressed in the finest garments awaiting the arrival of Messiah? Did you get your invitation to attend the great feast?
The masses were not expecting the arrival of Jesus during the first Christmas. Shepherds were herding their sheep. A census was being conducted by Rome. Mary and Joseph could not find lodging for the night of Christ’s birth. No one was ready. Except Jesus.
God had decided on the day Messiah would come long before time began. God knew when we would need Messiah in the course of human history. That day arrived when we least expected it. Messiah was here. God with us.
The Jewish people had been expecting Messiah for centuries. They had suffered under the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and now Rome. The Jews cried out for deliverance throughout these conquests , begging God for Messiah. God never answered in the way they wanted. God was silent to their requests.
There is an important lesson for us in the story of Christmas. God does not answer to us, we answer to God. How many times have we wanted God to bend to our will, our timing, our way of thinking? How many times have we prayed that God would rescue us from even the most trivial things like finding our wallets or disperse a traffic jam? Is this really what we want God for? Of course not. We want God to make sure all things work for the good for those that love the Lord.
God’s ways are higher than our own. God, who sees past, present, future , and at the same time, knows what is best for us and when we will need God the most. At the end of the day God has written our story, which is really God’s story.
This Christmas expect the unexpected from God. Expect good things to happen. Expect to be filled with joy. Expect God with us.
Rev. RJ Leek has served Gwynedd Square Presbyterian for over four years. Rev. Leek is a graduate of Dubuque Theological Seminary and began his career in Youth Ministry. He has been in full time ministry for over 21 years, and Head of Staff for the past 10 years.
He enjoys weightlifting, comic books, movies, history and following his favorite college and professional sports teams. He has been married to Trisha, his college sweetheart for over 26 years. They have three children Claire, Robbie and Chloe.
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