• Nothing Together

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of January 16, 2022


    Nothing Together



    January 16 is National Nothing Day. No kidding! Given that January 16 falls on a Sunday this year, it’s tempting to give it a theological twist akin to our usual observance of Sundays not only as little Easters but also the Old Testament Sabbath (Ex. 20:8–10). (The fact that it also resulted in a 39 word sentence is not its fault.) We will indeed be blessed if the CDC doesn’t require a vaccination for it! However, I encourage you to observe Do Nothing Day.


    Not that your school board and other stakeholders in your ministry will approve. Not for the teachers whose call is to make music or those who are “urged” to teach Sunday school, join the altar guild, or head the youth group. Then there are the smatterings of Sunday evening calls from parents, lesson plans for Monday, and…certainly not nothing.


    There are loopholes. For example, how can you do nothing when some would consider doing nothing actually doing something? Oh, how that would warm of the hearts of policy writers and producers! Maybe they would even come up with a mandated pillow to use for approved resting.


    Now, let’s move our thoughts to Jesus. His Father (and ours) commanded the first National Do Nothing Day back in the OT days. And Jesus recognized a need for people to rest when He told them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat (Mark 6:31). They tried, but faith, miracle, and curiosity seekers chased them down.


    But doing nothing became a central teaching of Christianity. Consider this: For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8–9).


    Faith and salvation result from doing nothing. Nothing can help you because your All-in-All did everything. Of course, that’s why you do all the good that you do, both by vocational expectations and goodness of heart. How else would you praise God and demonstrate your gratitude? And do a lot of nothing besides.




    Sing together:  … with the kids.

    From the past: You’ll enjoy this! Using Your Gifts (1 Cor. 12:1–11; 2007)


    We invite you to read the LEA guest devotions.


    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2022 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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