2001-12-08 - Passages about Waiting
Originally Published 1999-12-12
Advent is a time of waiting. The original Advent was a time of waiting for the birth of the Messiah. Today many of us are waiting -- waiting for the results of medical tests, waiting for the arrival of relatives for the holidays, waiting for exam grades, waiting for a dream to come true. Today we will look at some passages about waiting.
Psa 130:5 (NRSV) I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
How We Should Wait
Micah 7:7 (NRSV) But as for me, I will look to the LORD, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Rom 8:22-25 (NRSV) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Titus 2:11-13 (NRSV) For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
1 Th 1:9-10 (NRSV) For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
Psa 27:14 (NRSV) Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!