A lot of people pray this, and when they say, sing, or remember it, they are not only stating something they believe they believe to be true. They are also surrendering their lives to their Creator and asking Him to be close to them and to answer soon, as they wait together.
I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the moshiach, and though he may tarry, still I await him every day.
This is even in times when there is a lot of confusion, pain, or silence.
Many hundreds of years have passed after the original promises were given by Israelite prophets about the hope that Hashem would restore the world to peace, to knowing Him, and to making Himself known in Israel and the world through a restored kingdom in David’s line. How can people explain this? Sometimes they admit that it is because of their sins that God hasn’t restored the kingdom or His presence in the world, as yet. Whether this be significant rebellion from the Torah, or aspects in the community that God is still refining more and more in a closeness of heart to His heart, they see themselves as still being part of the restoring process. At other times, there is simply a willingness to keep listening to what they hear to be true of Him, while leaving His wisdom to Himself; how could we know or explain what is happening, or why it has been so long?
A beautiful thing in this community has been the fact that as they wait, they have a certainty about what is required from them. A lot of people don’t wonder whether maybe they have missed their king, and don’t wonder whether another religion might be truer than their own. They look to a path that they believe to be righteousness, and they walk in it as a gift to their God. Not understanding exactly what the path will look like in time ahead, they still recognise the solidity of the road.
The other day a six year old asked me if we will see God in the world to come. I told him I don’t think we will see God, because what kinds of things can we see? Any example we can give, they are all small things, physical things that were made by God. But we can still know God closely, like we are friends with other people or like we love our parents. He came back with something that he learnt at school… “But our neshama can see God”… we can ‘see’ Him not with our eyes but with our soul. It was meaningful to hear this because even being that young, he understood the conversation and had a feeling that the simple answer he already held was a true fit for what we were talking about. I really agree with him.
We might not be able to see clearly, but there is still much to hold onto. I believe that there are often reasons for faith.