O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 3 – Saturday Noel – The Birth of Anticipation
Through this Advent study, we will pause on Saturdays to consider this season of “NOEL,” meaning “birth.” We rejoice in the birth of our Savior! We also rejoice in what the Lord births in our hearts as we embrace His truth and rest in His promises.
When we feel anticipation, our eyes brighten, we look up, we might even sit up physically, with eager expectation, excitement, watchful waiting, and rising hope. Something good is about to happen!
Anticipation in this season is based on the promise given and the integrity of the One who made that promise.
“The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, NKJV).
The people of God waited hundreds of years for the promised Messiah to come. In our own waiting, may we not grow weary or discouraged. Instead, may we leave room for bold, childlike expectancy, making-your-insides-race kind of anticipation!
May we confidently watch for our Savior to come near, to deliver us in big and small ways from things that defeat and bind us, to free us to simply look for Him in this season. As we notice His touch on our days, may we marvel at His heart, His ways, and His indescribable gifts to us—not the least of which is His own Presence, Immanuel, God with us, now and always!