In 1744, Charles Wesley composed what has become one of my favorite Advent hymns, called, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” It recounts Israel’s anticipation for their long-awaited Messiah — the One who would bring freedom, consolation, and strength to their nation. This wait was not easy. Yet their hope was not put to shame, because God is faithful. Christ came, and exceeded all of their expectations, by bringing salvation not only to Israel, but also to all humanity. Hoping in God is never disappointing. Our situations and hearts may take time to transform, but God’s Word will always come to fruition.
So friend, when situations trigger a sense of hopelessness in you, hold unswervingly to our living hope who is Christ. Whenever you’re fatigued by the waiting, remember the faithfulness of God to the Israelites, displayed in the coming of Christ. As we wait together for Christ’s second coming and for situations to change for the better, let us ask Christ to reign in our hearts so that we might serve Him in everything we do in our nation. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
~Christer, sister in Christ from Yangon, Myanmar
Pray that we will continually be reminded of the faithfulness, mercy, and strength of our God when we journey through our waiting season. Pray that we will welcome Christ into our hearts and allow Christ to rule over our thoughts, actions, and passions. Pray that we will share the hope, joy, and salvation we’ve received through Christ with boldness and love.