• Together at the Deserts

  • LEA Weekly Devotion  

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of July 10, 2022



    Together at the Deserts Table


    Yes, yes, okay, okay, put away the red pen—at least for July. I know the difference between whipped cream and whipped sand. It’s about $3.00. But there exists a problem bigger than mere spelling, and it started for me while watching a news feature about people protesting the recent Roe v Wade reversal.


    Now, many news reports anger me, but what I saw set my soul ablaze and it wasn’t with the Pentecost flame. Behind the blabbering reporter stood a young woman holding up a sin, er…sign, that read “I Don’t Care What Your Bible Says!”


    Whamo! Boiling blood pressure soared! My “righteous” side indignantly snarled, “You’ll want to hide behind that sign when Jesus comes again. And keep it to fan yourself in hell (heh, heh, I wonder if she knows anything about fanning flames). Growling and hissing, I mused that I would like to be around to watch her get her just deserts when Jesus returns, while the believers saddle up to their just desserts.


    We will witness Jude 17–21 come alive: But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There’s nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit! But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

    That’s when alarms howled from my soul.


    If I didn’t change my dark, law-laden, self-righteous attitude, I could end up (start up?!) getting my just deserts too. I, along with you no matter how well you spell, deserve eternal life in hell. I just don’t proclaim it to a large audience.


    Looking to Jude, we must read all the verses. While I may enthusiastically nod my head in agreement with the first part of the passage, I must also nod my head with the latter part. Thanks be to Jesus and His sacrifice for salvation. That’s a message we don’t want to bobble, especially with those who need to hear His Gospel.



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

    Quoted Scripture: MSG®

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