Advent Week 1 – The Promise: Justice

Posted: November 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Waiting with despair vs. waiting with hope

As Christians we are called to wait. We are called to look forward to a time when Christ will come again and bring His justice to this world.

We look around and see so much injustice that at times all we are left with is despair.

I’m not a very patient person.

Waiting is painful for me.

I used to say that patience is hereditary and my dad didn’t have any to spare.

Add that to the fact that I am easily led to despair and you have a recipe for disaster.

I don’t watch the news anymore because it’s just too depressing for me and leaves me completely without hope.

But as Christians we are called to wait with hope.

We are to have hope that Christ will come again and make everything right in the world.

We are to have hope that God is working in all things.

But also we are called to be hope to the people of this world.

There are so many lost people with no hope and no justice.

We are called to be a light into the darkest parts of this world.

When there are people being exiled, we are called to bring hope to them and help in any way we can.

When people are being hurt, we are called to heal.

When we are the ones being hurt, we are called to forgive.

The beauty of Advent, is that we are called to wait and look back to His coming as a child, look among us for His hand at work, and to look forward to His coming again.

I think it’s appropriate that we start the Christian year off with waiting for His coming, not celebrating the actual event.

If we started the year with His birth we would easily forget that we are called to wait for the Lord’s timing in our lives.

As you go through your week, take the time to think of those waiting in our world without the hope of a coming savior and look for ways to bring hope and justice into their lives.

  1. Cheryl says:

    I also am impressed by the generations of Christians who have gone before us – those who lived looking forward to His coming. They remained faithful, trusting His promise to return and establish the Kingdom.

    While I work on my patience I also pray for increased faith to be found waiting and prepared for His return.

  2. ~me says:

    Amazing and renewing words. Thank you for reminding us all that there is hope, even when we don’t see or feel it. Thank you for the reminder that we are to be the light in the darkness that surrounds us.