“Nevertheless, the time will come when I will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and give it prosperity and true peace.” 33:6
The generation receiving this message from God was not the generation that would experience it, but they had something to look forward to for their children and grandchildren’s sake.
“In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s like. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: The Lord Is Our Righteous.” 33:17
Do you feel like you’re waiting around for God to fulfill his promises, but in the meanwhile, things are really, really bad? Here are some ways I serve myself up some of God’s promises in the waiting:
Seek his presence. We are not waiting alone. He has gifted us his Holy Spirit who comforts, protects and communicates with us.
Remember the gospel. This is huge! Even though we are still a waiting people as we anticipate Christ’s return, he has come and gone and conquered death in the meanwhile.
Consume the Word. Stay in Scripture! Whether it’s coming back to your favorite verses to reread, running through Paul’s letters for encouragement or trudging through the Old Testament (whoot-whoot), read. the. Bible. It shines light in the dark places. Following this blog and reading our posts doesn’t count! There is something holy and supernatural about reading his words the pages of that magnificent book.
Be encouraged, dear friends. God has already conquered death, suffering, anxiety, addiction, our failing bodies, divorce, unemployment, loneliness and heartache. We are waiting for his perfect peace to rescue us once and for all, but we are not waiting alone or without hope.