When the time is right God will act. God comes when the time is right in a particular country, or in the life of an individual. As the saying goes, ’God may not always come when we want Him to, but He always shows up on time, at the right time.’ This means that God acts not in our time, or as we think He should, but always in His own time.
St. Peter describes it best when he said, “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a 1000 years ; and a 1000 years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about His prom- ises, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you; not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” Time is not the same to God as it is to human beings. And when we look at what is happening in our world, and in our communities, we may wonder and ask why is God not doing this or that? Is He asleep or blind? Why is He allowing violence, abuse, crime and murder to increase rapidly in St. Kitts and Nevis? Why is He not stopping the decline in morals, respect, tolerance, love and discipline? If we’re not careful we can become discouraged and lose hope. But scripture assures us that God is neither deaf, blind nor asleep. God has a plan and is working His purposes out in the world, even amidst the turmoil, confusion and conflicts.
The Old Testament reading (Is.40:1-11) reminds us that human nature and human need have not changed over the years. For just as Isaiah called the Israelites to repent and pre- pare for God’s coming, just as John the Baptist called his listeners to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus, so too the call for repentance and renewal is ringing loud and clear in our churches, in our society and in our world. But the way of the Lord must begin with God’s people. He comes to us so that we can be prepared to show His glory to others. And the way is not just here in our church, but it may lead to the end of the earth, wherever we are, for we must seek to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations. Here, God’s glory means His grace and power made visible in His people. This is God’s way of becom- ing visible to all the peoples of the world. One of the surest ways those who do not know God can see Him, is to see His glory in His people. For thousands and thousands of years God has continuously sent His messengers to us; however long or far we may have wan- dered from Him. He still seeks and calls us. He is indeed calling us today, right at this very moment. And why do we not hear His voice but harden our hearts? For some of us, we refuse to listen and obey because we think that we don't need God, and we can manage to face and conquer life’s challenges without Him. For others, our lives are too full and busy, se we do not make enough time to go aside and listen to God’s voice. Although John went into the wilderness, we do not have to go that far. We only need to spend some quite time alone with God, wherever we are, at home, school, or work. We really do need to be still and know that God is speaking to us.
Our God wants to come into our hearts, but we have to prepare for His advent. How should God’s people prepare for His coming? This is a question we ask every year during the pe- riod of Advent. This is very important for if we are not ready, He will not come, except to judge us. So we must make straight the way for Him, ie, get our lives in order. We must follow the example of John the Baptist who was in the wilderness where he learnt to pray and fast, so that he could hear God calling and be ready to respond appropriately. The most important thing for us to do in order to prepare the way for God’s coming, is to repent and confess our sins. True repentance means a real determination to break away from sin. It is the acknowledgement of wrong-doing and admitting guilt, and a resolve to do the right things. Our repentance must result in a change of heart, a change of attitude and behavior, so that we can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.