What is QAVA?
QAVA is our streaming platform, where we are excited to dive deep into Scripture, original languages, and additional contextual evidence of the Bible. Our hope is to teach individuals not what to think, but instead to encourage the desire to think about such things. It is in wrestling and working out of our faith that we find the right view of God.
QAVA is more than how we live; it’s how we hope. It’s living with expectation both in the now and the not yet. There’s a tension in that place… of living today while faithfully hoping for what God will bring tomorrow.
What does QAVA mean?
QAVA (kə-va) derived from the Hebrew word qavah means living with expectation both in the now and the not yet. There’s a tension in that place… of living today while faithfully hoping for what God will bring tomorrow.
Author and scholar N.T. Wright describes history as a 5-act play—and says we are in the 4th act waiting for the fifth and final one.
Qavah, in Hebrew, captures this concept—living in the tension of the in between of the here and now, with the hope of what God will do not only in your own life but in His Kingdom that’s being established forevermore.
In Scripture, Qavah is illustrated often—in verses that many of us have probably read dozens of times.
- In Genesis 49:18 (CSB): “I will wait (qavah) for your salvation, Lord.”
- In Psalm 27:14 (CSB): Wait (qavah) for the Lord; be strong and let your heart be courageous. Wait (qavah) for the Lord.
- In Psalm 130:7 (NIV): Israel, put your hope (qavah) in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
- In Isaiah 40:31 (NIV): but those who hope (qavah) in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- In Lamentations 3:25 (CSB): The Lord is good to those who wait (qavah) for him, to the person who seeks him.
What we see in these verses is far more than hope. It’s far more than just waiting. It’s how we wait.
We wait, in hopeful expectation, for the God of the universe to move, act, reveal Himself, deliver us, love us, serve justice, show mercy, and bring about His Kingdom.
Waiting is not always pretty. It’s not always without longing or wrestling nor do we always have a complete understanding of why we are living in the in between. But even in the tension, do we cling to God, knowing He is the One who is faithful? He is our hope in the “here and not yet.” It’s qavah.