My Lent Words 15: Waiting for Jesus

Hope, wait, trust and patient resting have a huge overlap in Hebrew. We sing, ‘I’m trusting in the cross.’ How about ‘I’m waiting in the cross’. To ‘wait’ is one of the most common commands in the Old Testament. There are two Hebrew words meaning the same thing, qawa and haka. They both mean rest, trust, wait or hope.

‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.’ (Isaiah 40:31a)

Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.’ (Isaiah 5:2b, also in vv4 and 7)

There are huge swathes of time in Israel’s and Christian history when the only thing worth doing is waiting. Waiting for Jesus is not like waiting for a bus.

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