The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. –Jeremiah 33:14
These words of God came to Jeremiah while he lay in prison and while Jerusalem was being besieged by the Babylonian army. I can imagine Jeremiah and the people of Israel and Judah asking, “When?” Promises can give people hope but waiting for promises to be fulfilled can be quite frustrating, too, especially in a culture where we often look for immediate gratification.
However, waiting is how God’s Spirit develops faith. Our introspection as a community and as individuals is how God helps us to grow. Every Advent we remind ourselves that we are still waiting for Jesus Christ to fulfill his promise to come again. We’ve been waiting for two thousand years; consider how much faith it takes to wait that long as a community! It is a faith that has sustained the church this long and it will continue to sustain us until that day comes.
What emotions or feelings does the promise of this passage give you?