Waiting and hoping - Hope 103.2

Waiting and hoping

By David ReayMonday 18 Sep 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 130:5-6

5          I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
               and in his word I put my hope.
6          I wait for the Lord
               more than watchmen wait for the morning,
               more than watchmen wait for the morning. (NIV)

This Psalm highlights two key foundations of our life of faith. They are hope and waiting. They are often misunderstood. Hope is not just cheery optimism that has no basis in reality. It is not wishful thinking: I hope it won’t rain tomorrow, or I hope I get a seat on the train. Hope is a confident expectation that God will be true to his promises. It is in the words of Eugene Peterson, “imagination put in the harness of faith.”

And waiting is not sitting around twiddling our thumbs. It is going about doing our own work confident that God is giving meaning to it and that God is always at work behind and beyond what we are doing. Waiting is the opposite of anxious striving, the opposite of plotting and manipulating to ensure our own plans come to pass. Waiting leaving space for God to do what only he can do. Waiting in the biblical sense is more like waiting at tables than waiting at a bus stop.

Waiting is connected to hope. I wait for a future I cannot bring into being; I wait for God to do what I cannot do; I wait for a ‘not yet’ that may seem like a ‘never’. My hope is that God will be faithful to his character in ways that I cannot precisely predict. I wait in the darkness clinging to hope for the dawn.

David Reay