The Lenten season is a season of waiting. It begins in early spring when we are waiting for the dark days of winter to end and for spring to usher in the budding and greening up of nature. Have you ever tried to hurry up spring? It comes in it's own time. However, we know it will eventually be here so we wait and appreciate all the early signs that assure us it is coming.
Readings in the old testament told us of the coming of the Messiah. Some tried to hurry the time along by trying to set up kingdoms that were eventually crushed. God chose his own time and specific way to bring us his chosen Messiah. The prophets of old knew the Messiah was coming so they waited and looked for the signs. Even today, we look for signs, but no one knows the exact time or place of the second coming.
Yet, while we wait, we have assurance that Christ is at work in us. Our assurance is in our faith and belief in the Word of God and our response to it in our lives. I've accepted Christ into my life and ask for his forgiveness. But God, through his grace, has done the rest.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Galatians 2:20-21