Most of us don’t like to wait. We don’t like waiting at the doctor’s office or in traffic or even in a drive thru line. But when it comes to waiting on God, we must not think that waiting time is wasted time. After Jesus’ birth and the later visit of the wise men, the first 30 years of His life are summed up in just a few verses. We might wonder what Jesus was doing all those years. A simple answer is to say that He was waiting. He was waiting on His Father. This waiting time was not wasted time. Through it all, the Father was working in every single aspect of His life. "The child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:40)
We shouldn’t think those years don’t have meaning for us. ALL of Jesus’ life has do to with us; every moment of His life was lived for us. What more significant thing could Jesus have done in those 30 years for you and me than to offer to His Father in heaven that pure life of unbroken obedience that you and I fail to live? And what more significant thing could Jesus have done in His last 3 years for you and me than to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sin that you and I could never offer? To think, this is what Jesus waited those 30 years for! As a result, what more significant thing could we know than that we are saved through faith in Jesus? May this strengthen you to WAIT UPON THE LORD, knowing that He is silently but steadily working His good will.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.