With all the holiday jingle and jangle, it’s easy to get distracted by all the trimmings. But I don’t want to miss Christmas this year. I want to focus on what matters.
I want to read the Christmas story with fresh eyes and renewed perspective.
Will you join me?
Because right now, this is a hard season. I feel overwhelmed. My personal life feels out of control. A reminder of loss, of dreams unfulfilled.
Unfulfilled. Isn’t that how God’s people felt before the Messiah’s arrival?
Promises left unfulfilled. A long waiting period. 400 years of silence, to be exact. Four CENTURIES since the last word of hope that God would send a Savior.
Longing. The people were longing for change. They were desperately awaiting the coming of their King. The One who would change everything. The One who would restore them and fulfill the promises He had made to them.
Waiting. After waiting 400 years, did their hope dwindle? Did they start to wonder if He would ever come? Maybe they had misheard or misunderstood.
What about you? What longing do you have that continues to go unfulfilled? What hope are you still waiting to see fulfilled?
Long waiting periods can be confusing ones. Did God forget me? Will He fulfill His promises? Did I even hear Him right? Did God pass me by while He was busy blessing everyone else? Is He punishing me?
If you are experiencing this, you are not alone. Continue reading