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“What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?” The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient. (2 Pet 3:4, 9) We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. (2 Pet. 3:13)

Lord Jesus, as I meditate on these words of encouragement from the Apostle Peter, I’m sitting between stereo speakers, enveloping me in this great hymn of intense craving.

“Come, Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free. From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art—Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.”

I join many friends today, in many parts of the world, resting in the good news of your first coming, but restless for your second. Truly, Jesus, you are the hope of all the earth, the Desire of every nation (whether they know it or not), and the Joy of our longing hearts.

May the patience of heaven translate into kindness in our hearts, while we wait for your return. We’re stressed, but, hallelujah, we’re yours. We have fears, but, hallelujah, you have us in your heart and hands. Loving Jesus, “By Thine all sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.” So very Amen we pray, in your perfect name.

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