Take a few minutes to watch the following video from The Bible Project over the word Yakhal.
Now that you may have a different understanding of the word hope or Yakhal/Qavah. Read through the following passages of scripture:
"I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him."
"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning O Israel, hope in the Lord!For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities."
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you."
1 Peter 1:3-4
How does this new understanding of the words wait and hope change the way you view these passages of scripture?
As we continue through the advent season, may we not quickly pass by scripture just to check it off our list of things to do. Take the time to read, meditate, and understand what the scripture is talking about. Yakhal is beautiful and gives us a hope beyond believing the odds will be in our favor. Christian hope is a choice to wait for God to bring about a future. A wonderful future to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefilied, and unfading. This hope looks back to the risen Jesus in order to look forward to the future. If it wasn't for Jesus, we would not have this hope BUT He came, He died a sinners death, and He rose again from the grave and ascended into heave so that we could Yakhal.