There were 400 years between the Old Testament and the New.
400 years of silence.
400 years of waiting for the promised Messiah, the One who would set the captives free.
How they longed for Him to come. I imagine each generation talked about His coming. Who would be the chosen mother? How would they know it was Him? How would He rescue them?
I also imagine many gave up looking for Him. After centuries of hearing nothing from God, perhaps the prophets had been wrong. Perhaps the prophets had made up the coming Messiah.
And then He came. In a manager, unknown and uncelebrated except by a few. After 400 years of silence, there He was!
The Savior had finally come, the wait was over, but they rejected Him. Surely a baby born in a manger, a man who was silent when accused, a man who rejected the spiritual leaders of the day wasn't the answer!
But He was. And He still is.
Are you in a season of silence, of expecting waiting, of nearly giving up hope that God will do what He promised to do?
How often we reject Him because He doesn't answer the way we want Him to!
If you're in a season waiting, allow this verse to encourage you as it has me.
Psalm 27:14 (ESV)
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Instead of waiting for a child, a spouse, a promotion, a new job, a new car, friends, let's wait on the Lord.
Waiting on people and circumstances will cause us to grow weary.
Waiting on the Lord will give us strength.
*I love my King James Version Touch Bible App. I can click a word, and it tells me the definition. Here in this verse, one of the meanings for the Hebrew word (Kaw-Vaw) means to bind together, perhaps by twisting.
This season, bind closer to Jesus, for He is always Worth the Wait.
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