Waiting for God to do More?

Waiting for God to Do “More?”

I was recently inundated with a soda commercial that must have been effective because I remember it. In a 30 second commercial, scenes flash through a young man’s life from the time he is a child until he is interviewing for a job. Each time, the kid is always seeking something more and he isn’t afraid to ask. Each mini-scene ends with a hopeful looking expression, asking the question “is there more?” The last scene shows him in a restaurant asking for more one last time, the fulfilling answer is the soft drink with the same taste as the original drink but is sugar free. The young man seems to be finally relieved of his angst for “more.” The idea, at least for me, is twofold – that if we ask consistently and long enough, we will receive the ultimate fulfillment and be made complete and second, that what we ask for will taste just as good but won’t be so damaging to our overall health with prolonged consumption. It is as if the hole in our hearts can be closed through drinking a soft drink.

Are we waiting for God to do something more for us in the same way? If we are, we better plan on being patient. In times past, I have fallen into the trap of saying “OK, God, what am I supposed to do next. I will wait to hear from you. Do something for me, prove you are there, I need more evidence. And get back to me soon will you? OK, bye now.” Maybe you have said or thought or prayed something similar. My new thought is this: God has already done so much that I have yet to fully respond in the measure that God deserves. How foolish of me to expect God to do “something” more. Think about it: have we fully expressed and accomplished our response in appreciation for God (in Jesus of Nazareth) coming on this earth, living and dwelling among us and giving His life for us so that we may be delivered from the ultimate distress of our inherent incompleteness, otherwise known as sin? At least for me, I say Ouch! Maybe you have similar thoughts.

The great spiritual writer Oswald Chambers writes: “All the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until I enter into relationship with Him on the basis of His covenant….Waiting for God is incarnate unbelief, it means that I have no faith in Him; I wait for Him to do something in me that I may trust in that.” Chambers says that when we place conditions on our faith in God i.e. “you do something for me now, then I will believe or act” then we have faith only in our feelings, not in the fact of God’s eternal covenant of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

This time before Christmas that we call Advent is not about waiting for God to “do something new”; it is about contemplating what God has done for us. We have already been made a new creation through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. The incarnation of God – Jesus as fully human and fully divine, living an earthly life through his birth in Bethlehem is an integral part of God’s new covenant with us – nothing is complete without the birth of Jesus! God has done for us something that is immeasurable and unfathomable through the incarnation; what else do we really need to believe, to have faith beyond just a “feeling”?  We don’t need to keep asking for more; we don’t need a sugar free version of God; the original is just fine, more than we deserve and better than we could ever imagine. May we all express our appreciation for what the Son of God has already done for us and practice “incarnate belief”, responding with joy and commitment through a life of witness and service. TCGB.

Previously posted in the Greenville Advocate

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