Advent: The Challenge of Waiting

00In this Season of Advent we learn about waiting. Waiting is painful; it brings anxiety and in some cases causes us to wonder – “Where is God?”, “Does God sleep?”, “Does he care?”    Malachi had spoken of the Messiah’s coming in chapter 1 “I have loved you, saith the LORD. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me saying ‘the Lord, whom ye seek is coming to his temple, for he brings a new covenant, a new day of delight. Will you stand with him when he appeareth? For his message is like a refiner’s fire.”   Imagine being the Jewish people hearing these words of promise, the coming of a new day, a new hope and then suddenly silence. After these words from Malachi there was cold, tortuous silence for 400 years. Between the Old Testament and the New Testament it seemed as if God disappeared. Nothing was spoken and nothing moved.    Jesus did not arrive into a quaint storyline. There were thousands of people hanging on the words of Malachi who did not see these words fulfilled. There are no easy answers as to why God would take his time. In our […]