The waiting of the people of Israel in terms of the Messiah is difficult for us to comprehend. It was a waiting that passed from generation to generation, over hundreds of years. It would be like us waiting for the same thing that our great grandparents waited for and far beyond that.
Waiting in line doesn’t do it justice — waiting in traffic because we are in a hurry — waiting on the runway for our plane to take off — waiting a few seconds because the internet is slow … none of these is the kind of waiting we should exhibit during Advent.
The Psalmist write these words:
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6
A watchman waits for morning in desperation. They might be finding it nearly impossible to stay awake. Those of you who work the night shift know this well. Their waiting will not be satisfied until morning comes.
Why should we be waiting in desperation for God?
How can we wait expectantly?
What are you desperate for God to do?