The beauty of advent is that He came. The One who was promised came to us as He said He would. The wait was worth it.
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.” Romans 15:4
I can’t help but correlate Advent with dating. I can’t help but learn from scriptures how the beauty of advent encourages us in dating.
I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. I’m sure you have as well.
You meet someone. You’re excited. You hope it works out. Then the shift begins. Why do they respond like that? Are they interested? If they were interested, surely they would reach out more? Surely there would be some consistency?
All the while, you know this is true. You know when someone wants you, they make their intentions known. There’s not confusion. Yes, there’s fear…there’s wonder….there’s anticipation. But there’s not confusion. There’s not sadness and anxiety.
This is where Advent comes in.
Advent represents the fulfillment of that wonder and anticipation.
When Simeon saw the child Jesus, he said, “Now, Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to leave [this world] in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your Salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A LIGHT FOR REVELATION TO THE GENTILES [to disclose what was previously unknown], And [to bring] the praise and honor and glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32
What was prophesied was fulfilled. What was said to come, came.
So how exactly does Advent provide encouragement for dating?
Well, Scripture is clear about Jesus. How He would come, and what He would do. It was laid out years ago. His birth, His death, His resurrection.
“You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” John 5:39
The Scriptures tell the Truth. The Scriptures point to the Messiah.
Likewise, the actions, the words, the things you KNOW are what you deserve in dating are there. They’re not hiding—you’re unwilling to accept what you are seeing.
Don’t be like the Jews, Pharisees, and Sadducees who could not recognize what was right before their eyes.
Recognize the one who fulfills what God has for you.
There’s no confusion.
As we celebrate the season of Advent, as we celebrate His coming and arrival, may we be reminded of our own waiting in dating. May we be reminded that the wait for what is promised is GOOD. That it is WORTH it! That He is too good to not keep His promise. That we can see traces of Him in everything. That every good and perfect gift comes from Him. That He’s too good of a Father to give us stones when we ask for bread. That in His presence is FULLNESS of JOY. He won’t disappoint. He’s not in a rush. He won’t be moved by your unbelief. He will come just as He promised. And in this we rejoice. We rejoice, my love, for He is with Us.