How Long?

Currently we are in the season of Advent and, by definition, Advent is a season of waiting. It is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, who was born in a stable and changed the world forever. You see, we can wait with happiness and celebration and hope this Advent season because we know who is coming and He is worth the wait.

But in our daily life, we often don’t find happiness and celebration during our waiting. We long for hope, but after waiting our hope fades and we get frustrated or impatient or scared and we cry out “How long?”

“How long until my body is healed?”

“How long will I be controlled by this addiction?”

“How long will I be unemployed and not be able to provide for my family?”

“How long do I have to sit back and watch my marriage fall apart because my spouse isn’t vested like I am?”

“How long must I live with this depression?”

“How long do I have to be single?”

“How long do we have to wait to have a baby?”

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever” (Psalm 13:1a)?

Waiting is hard. You get tired of waiting because you think what you’re waiting for will never come. So you quit praying and you quit trusting because you think God doesn’t care and He has forgotten you. I want to tell you in this moment that God has not forgotten you. In a passage about comforting God’s people, the prophet Isaiah said, “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). This gives me hope in my waiting.

So, no matter what it you’re waiting for, you can wait with happiness and hopeful anticipation, because the One who makes everything better, the One who fulfills our greatest desires, the One who makes all things new and whose birth we are celebrating next week…He is worth the wait.

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21

~ Tim Hall (I encourage feedback, questions & comments - email me at