Silent Night

BethlehemBe still.  Listen.  Listen.

In a busy, busy, season.  In a busy, busy place.  In a busy, busy time.  Be still.  Listen.  Tonight is the silent night.  Tonight is the night when the choirs of angels sang.  Night is the night when the shepherds heard.  When they saw.  Tonight is the night.  The silent night.

But, not at this this exact time.  Not at this moment.  Right now, we are waiting.  We are focusing.  It is almost here.  Almost.  Almost.

Silent Night.  Holy Night.  Get ready.  Get your heart ready.  It’s almost here.

David and Mary travelled.  The knew the day was close.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

The people of Israel had been waiting.

The entire world had been waiting.

Creation had been waiting.

Today, are you?  Are you waiting for God wants to do? Are you waiting for where God wants to bring life?  Are you ready. Are you focused?  Are you are ready to live.

Silent Night.  Holy Night. It is here.

Are you ready?

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Getting Ready: Waiting Podcast

The sermon podcast for Sunday, November 27, 2011 is up on Asbury Church’s website.  This is the first sermon in our Advent 2011 worship series “Getting Ready.”  In this series, we talk about the things that we have to “get ready” for with Christmas.  The things we prepare for. In this sermon we talked about getting ready for His birth, and the waiting that was required in that. And God has us wait still, today.   The text for this sermon is Galatians 4:1-7.  Also by clicking on these verses you can see my notes from the sermon as a note in the YouVersion online Bible.   You can listen to it by clicking here, or you can listen to it here on this blog by clicking the link below. And, as always, you can subscribe to my sermon podcasts through iTunes.

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Getting Ready: Waiting

Waiting

I’m not a fan of waiting.  I told my Small Group at Asbury last night while I don’t like worrying, I do it, and at least doing it makes me feel productive.

I just don’t like that feeling of doing nothing.

Of waiting.

Of not being able to “do” something.

That’s why it’s good for me to read Psalm 37. The Psalmist in this passage says this:

7 Be still before the Lord *
and wait patiently for him.

In this passage, the Psalmist mentions several times waiting upon God. Waiting for Him. Being patient.

Things I don’t like.

But, he stresses several times, we wait upon God because we have faith in God.

The reason we can wait is because we have faith in God.

That His plan is not our plan. . . .

His schedule is not our schedule. . . .

His time is not our time. . .

We have to trust. When we trust, we can wait. When we have faith, we can wait.

When we want to do what we want when we want it how we want it, we don’t want to wait.

When we trust in ourselves over God, we don’t want to wait.

We we doubt, we don’t want to wait.

So, in the end, it’s not about waiting, it’s about faith.

Today, do we have faith? Do we trust our God?  Today, may we have the faith to wait on God, even if His schedule is not ours.

Waiting

I don’t sit still well. Never have, never will.  I don’t like waiting. If I’ve got an appointment of some sort that I feel like will take a while, I bring things to do.  I don’t like waiting.

Not many of us do. It’s kind of a helpless feeling. You’re there, waiting on someone else, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Listen to the words from Psalm 62

1 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.

There are in scriptures, particularly in the Psalms, this command to wait. To wait upon the Lord.

Why? Why would God want us to wait upon Him? Why is that something we should do?

For the reason we don’t like to wait.  It reminds us that it is not about us. We are not in control. It’s not, in the end, all up to us.

There is a God more powerful than us that does not conform to our schedule and our will, but will conform us to His schedule and to His will.

No one likes waiting. I detest it. But, in, the end, we need to learn to wait upon the Lord. For it teaches us who is really God. Who is really in control. Who is really at work.

It’s all about God.  It’s all about His will.  It’s all about what He wants to do.  May we have the grace today to wait upon Him.

And may we know the freedom and life that comes from waiting upon Him.