It’s beginning to look a lot like it’s time for the Messiah to come!
Every generation sees people in pain. Every generation feels the effects of sin and the sadness of calamity. Every generation hopes for the Lord.
It takes faith to hope for Jesus. It takes faith to look out at the suffering in this broken world, and believe that God loves his children and wants his creation to flourish. It takes faith.
In Hebrews Chapter 11 it says:
Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
God prepared the way for Jesus through the faith of generations of believers. The faithful did not all see the fulfillment of their hope. Later on in Hebrews 11 it says:
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
They may not have all seen the completion of God’s plan, but the promises of God are certain. At the perfect time, Jesus came to his people in a way that no one could expect, to a people who were desperately waiting and praying for deliverance.
God is preparing the way for Jesus to come again, through us! You and I may be imperfect, we may be broken, we may feel small or weak or mediocre. In God’s eyes, however, we are each planned and strategic instruments of his grace. He hears our prayers for deliverance. He hears our hope for this broken and suffering world. He is making a way.
It takes hope. It takes faith to get up every morning and pray for the Lord to come!
This Advent, pray and believe that his will be done and his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven! He is faithful, and will do it!