My eyes fail with watching for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?” Psalm119:82

In life, it seems as if there is always some sort of struggle or challenge; as if what we need or want is just out of reach. It doesn’t matter what it is – a new car, a job, a raise – it always feels like God is taking too long to send it. We forget that in his word God has promised to provide for us (Matthew 6:26) and we become impatient, forgetting to thank God for what he has provided. Instead we question when our present ‘suffering’ will end. We forget that it is through our experiences that we gain strength and we forget the very basic lessons we try to instill in our children. If we receive everything that we ask for when we ask for it, we will become spoilt, ungrateful and selfish.

Recently, I have felt as if certain situations in my life have been rolling downhill and I have been asking God for guidance. I know that God is always with me but it felt as if He was testing me. Now that I have begun to see a turning point, I look back and see all the people that God placed in my path to offer me help and guidance when it was needed – people I have taken for granted. This text reminds me that God has a plan and while it is not always revealed in the way we want, He is always there.

Advent reminds us that we do not have to say, “I’m tired looking for your promise.” Advent and Christmas demonstrate the fulfillment of promise. As we approach a new year, we do not have to wonder, “When will you get around to me?” In his perfect time he will respond to our need.

“Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in thee.
IsraelÂ’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.” Amen.

(Hymn 53:2)


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