"Restore us, Lord God of hosts. Shine the light of your countenance upon us, that we may be saved!" We cry those words as well, don't we?
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
In the same Psalm (90:10), Moses observed:
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Peter indicates, however, that the reverse is also true, With the Lord a day is like a thousand years. From that perspective God has only waited 2 days since the first advent of His Son. What does all this mean as we ask: “How long, O Lord...How much longer?”
We can say that for God, an infinitesimal moment…is like eternity……and eternity…is like an infinitesimal moment. God views all things as part of an eternal now, and, in each moment, He has all the “time” He needs to provide for each of us the individual care He has promised …while…we…wait. He is with us, He is not waiting to get around to us because He’s busy somewhere else, He is with us, with you, and our waiting will not be one second longer or shorter than it needs to be, as our God works through all things for the good (Romans 8:28).
What are we to do while we wait, either for His second advent/coming, or while we wait for the miraculous intervention we are hoping for and praying for right now, which we know He is powerful enough to bring about even before we go home today? How are we who wait called to live. Well, Jesus, in His life, death and resurrection has given us a vision of the future: “This is how things will be when the Kingdom comes in all its fullness.” We who pray, as Jesus taught us, for God’s kingdom to come, see the future kingdom and we live now, as if that kingdom has already come…we know how we will live in that kingdom, so we choose to live that way, NOW! I won’t get angry in that kingdom, so I won’t get angry now. I won’t hate in that kingdom, so I won’t hate now. I will only love in that kingdom, so I will only love now. In that kingdom, no one will be hungry, so I’m going to do what I can to make sure no one goes hungry now. No one will be lonely in that kingdom that we see by faith in the future, so I’m going to do what I can to ensure no one is lonely in the now…and in this way, God’s kingdom comes and God’s will is done, while we wait and perhaps ask, How long, O Lord, how much longer.
And, once again in a miraculous way, when we live like this while we wait, the Light that first shone into the world that first advent when He came as a child, shines into us and from us into the world around us until He returns as King.
The first advent candle and our christingles, remind us that the Light has come into the world and, in the words of Jesus, that we are the light of the world,