400 Years

During this Advent season, we are all waiting in anticipation of something. Often it can feel like that something will never come.

Healing. A relationship restored. Hope. 

These are just some of the things we long for, pray for, yearn for — yet it feels sometimes like they will never, ever come. 

Sometimes I think the most beautiful things in Scripture are the things unsaid. There are 400 years of silence between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament.

I’m sure in those 400 years there were stories passed down generation to generation about the God who used to speak. Parents telling their children of the God who used to be there, but disappeared. I imagine during those 400 years things felt pretty … hopeless

Advent teaches us that when all hope seems lost, hope is just around the corner. 

Whatever it is that you are waiting for, take hope in the fact that God is never late on His promises — even if you never get to see the fulfillment of His promise. We can trust in His promises, because even after 400 years of silence, He came to be one of us.

Gloria, halleu
Christ the Lord
We’ve longed for You
— John Mark McMillan, “Baby Son”

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