As we enter the season of Advent, we begin our look toward the coming of our Lord and Savior. The Jews of more than two-thousand years ago were looking toward His coming. We look toward His return and an eternity spent with Him.
We begin our journey with hope. We are encouraged by the hope of God’s promises. We trust in God’s promises having seen him fulfill them in the past. God promised the coming of the Messiah through his prophets of old. He also promised an eternity spent with him.
God’s holy mountain is his permanent dwelling place. Though we do not often think about it, God’s temporary dwelling place is in heaven. He has promised a permanent dwelling place in the new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-8). God will make his dwelling place among those who believe in him and have accepted His Son as Lord and Savior.
Our hope is built on God’s promises. We know he fulfills them. We trust he will accept everyone who accepts His Son into his house of prayer. We trust we will see people of all nations when we come into his presence face-to-face. Our responsibility? Keep the covenant with God.
I pray we all keep God’s covenant. I pray we trust in God’s promises. I pray each one of us put our hope in the return of Jesus Christ and the coming of the new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem. Hold on to your hope. Put your hope in God’s promises. Look forward to spending eternity with God. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
“And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”