To feel forgotten is a desolate feeling, even if you have a promise of a future hope.
Isaiah 49 walks the exiled people of God through how they will be saved—through a Servant. Then it points them to what is to come—the redemption of Zion. Although the Lord describes their victorious future, the exiles still cry out, “Forsaken!” (v. 14).
Waiting is an issue that all of humanity wrestles with in general, but when Christians run ahead of God, we are saying that we think we know better than the Almighty. Forsaking the discipline of waiting can get us in trouble, but it also reveals our lack of trust in God’s promises.
In Luke, we are introduced to Anna and Simeon, two people in a long line of descendants who waited for Jesus, this highly anticipated Servant. Anna waited so eagerly that she never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying, prepared to meet the Messiah (Luke 2:36-37).
In the same way that Anna and Simeon looked to the future Messiah with eagerness, we are to look to the future for the day when all of heaven will come to earth, the day a great trumpet will sound and announce a land completely restored to its original order. The promise is clear: Heaven will come to earth; Jesus will reign in victory. Until then, we wait in holy anticipation.
When do you find yourself struggling to wait in faithfulness and with patience for heaven to come to earth?