Oh Come, Emmanuel

This morning, the morning of the 2020 Presidential Election of the United States, I have been listening to Christmas music. Yes, it’s November. No, I don’t care. I need the remembrance of Advent.

“Oh come, Thou king of nations, bring
An end to all our suffering
Bid every pain and sorrow cease
And reign now as our Prince of Peace.”

My heart is pleading this right now. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t believe anyone in government right now takes a real interest in the common man, in the lower and humbler parts of America. Even those who claim to be for every American seldom prove their claim with actions. This election feels like choosing between poison or being shot in the head. Hard to chose between one form of suffering and another.

I imagine those waiting for the first coming of the Messiah felt similarly. Governments that didn’t treat them with dignity, whispers and sometimes war cries of revolution scattering across the country, hopelessness and oppression at the hands of human masters. And in all this chaos… a still quiet baby. The sovereign King of nations, humble and lying in the manger.

And now we are waiting for the second coming of our Emmanuel in a sick, perverse, hopeless world.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:18-19

It is easy to panic about the outcome of the election. But our hope isn’t in man. Our reward isn’t the United States. No, our hope and reward is Christ.

I do not claim to know the full extend of what good or evil either Donald Trump or Joe Biden would do if elected into office. I don’t even claim to know how this election might swing. But I do know this:

“The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.” Proverbs 16:33

Take heart in this fact. The Lord is not surprised. He is still our King. We still wait for His coming.

“Our deliverer
You are Saviour
In Your presence we find our strength,
Over everything
Our redemption
God with us.”

The Annunciation by Luca Giordano


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