What are you waiting for right now? A job interview? The opportunity to see your grandkids? The final verdict on APS’ fall plan? Of course, there’s also the small stuff: Going to a movie at the theatre,to Popejoy for a show, or to play skee-ball at Hinkle Family Fun Center.
It’s hard to wait. But Job gives us some help.
Job has suffered so much by the 14th chapter of the book that bears his name. It’s almost unimaginable. Yet this week, he turns a corner and a signal for this turning is one Hebrew word: אֲיַחֵ֑ל.
In English, it sounds like “ayahel” and appears three times in Job – 6:11; 13:15; and in a verse we will hear this week, 14:14. After Job wonders aloud if he could wait out his suffering in Sheol, the place of the dead, he says, “All the days of my service I would ‘ayahel’ until my release should come” (14:14). The NRSV Bible team has determined this should be translated ‘wait.’ But the same word, when it appears in 6:11 and 13:15, is translated as… wait for it… HOPE! Fascinating, isn’t it? In Hebrew, one word can mean both wait and hope. What wisdom! The way I hear it, to use this Hebrew word is to suggest one cannot wait without hoping and or hope without waiting. The two must come together!
I’ll be the first to admit, not all of my waiting has been overly hopeful. You? And yet, if there was ever a time for hope, it’s right now in the midst of our waiting! God is at work! The Spirit is alive! Christ has risen!
If God can give hope to Job, there’s got to be hope for you and me! Amen?!
See you Sunday…