Friday, December 16, 2016

Learning to Wait

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLDTHE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SONAND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Self-denial is at an ebb as a virtue. We are a society drive by self, desire, even whim. Thus we betray our future selves.  We have forgotten how to wait.

Waiting was something Joseph excelled at.  He waited to bed his betrothed until they were married.  When the angel told him to wait further until his wife’s son was born, Joseph live with her chastely.  

Self-denial at its best.  He chose to do what was right over whim, desire, and self.

Is it any wonder that God chose this man to help Mary to raise his son?  Joseph’s stepson grew up to become the expression of self-denial.  Jesus calls us all to follow Him in this hard virtue.  “Take up your cross and follow me.”

In this Christmas season of excess find a moment everyday to put yourself aside.  With self out of the way,  we can wait on God--a quiet servant ready to work her master’s will.

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  1. Oh this is good! Yes, I am trying to work on self control. That is why we fast right? I couldn't understand it then I realized it is to teach self-control. Have a wonderful Hoilday!

  2. I studied Simeon this year and also thought about waiting. We don't know how long he knew that God would show him His Salvation, but I'm guessing it was a while and Simeon had to trust God and wait.