The prophet Haggai proclaimed, “‘And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:7) The Desire of All Nations is a title for the Messiah, God-With-Us. He is the epitome of anything and everything that has eternal value for anyone on the face of the earth. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End — the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
However, not everything we DESIRE here on earth necessarily comes to pass. In fact, seldom can we ourselves actually transform our desires into expectations that are fulfilled. The good news is that God does the transforming, as HE HImself is the true desire of our hearts, whether we recognize that fact or not — He alone can satisfy our desire for fulfillment, completion, satisfaction, and purpose. When we acknowledge that He is the only one that can quench our longing for significance, our desire becomes a concrete sense of expectation. Just as a woman can desire to birth a child, yet only actually EXPECTS a child when she is physically proven to be pregnant, our desire for meaning and purpose in life can only become an expectation when certain confidence of that desire’s fulfillment becomes evident.
How can we be confident that Jesus will ever truly be, not only the Desire of All Nations, but our one true desire? How can we expect Him to be what He says He will be for us?
He promises to be Emmanuel — God-With-Us. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15 that the first Adam was a man of the earth, a man of dust. The last Adam, Jesus, was the heavenly Man. Paul affirms that “as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man” (1 Corinthians 15:49). Jesus, Son of God, literally came to earth in the likeness of the man of dust (aka a human being like ourselves) in order to empower us to carry His DNA and bear His image, the image of the heavenly Man! What an amazing promise! Even though Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, was subsequently resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, He lives in us by His Spirit and has truly become our expectation of life: Christ in us, the hope of glory! (see Colossians 1:27)
The Desire of All Nations has become our sure expectation. When we allow the incarnation to happen in us, the risen Savior begins to replicate His glorious DNA in us, complete with His fruit and character (2 Corinthians 3:18). We begin to look like Him and sound like Him; we become a radiant reflection of Christ in our very own man of dust.
Father, may I rest in the assurance of Your Presence in me as I receive the truth of your coming to earth in the likeness of the man of dust. Thank You that I can always EXPECT You to be ever-present with me. You never leave me, and I am confident You will continue to multiply Your goodness in and through me, in Jesus’ Name!