The essence of things not yet attained.
O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
- Psalm 80:4-7 ESV
Why do you think God had Israel wait - and hope - for so many hundreds of years, for the long promised Messiah? Why do you think that God would have us wait - and hope?
Patience. Yes, we learn to have patience. Yet, why? Why do we need patience?
Selfishness. To know who we are, and who He is.
God's Holy Spirit bears the troubled prayer aloft
With a more deeply uttered groan
Than ever echoed in earth's bitter air
And lets the burden fall before the throne
From a starlit hillside creche
A pain-cry rings
As cold air bites new flesh
- The Bondage of Corruption, by Keith Patman