• Waiting Together

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of November 14, 2021

    Waiting Together

     

    They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Is. 40:31).

     

    Now that is a mighty fine passage for anyone waiting in the office of an orthopedic surgeon. In fact, most any waiting room might prod some spiritual contemplation. And while you may not appreciate a waiting room packed with patients, just think of what it would be like if you have had to wait alone—and the wait turned out to be long!

     

    A believer’s life is much like the common waiting room experiences. You are waiting to see Jesus come again. Even if Advent of the church year isn’t here yet, the advent of life forever with Jesus in heaven is a perpetual advent. And who would want to wait for that festal event alone? It’s hard to be festive by yourself. And don’t ignore the opportunities you have when you’re together with others.

    Next time you’re in a waiting room, consider those with whom you’re together. Use your time waiting to pray for each of them. No, you don’t need to know their name or inquire the purpose of their presence, and if you ask you’ll probably scare them, and you’ll soon see a demonstration of extreme social distancing. Jesus has that data anyway. But pray for whatever their reason for being together with you. Smile if they make eye contact. (Be careful. This could start a conversational witnessing opportunity—or a security report!) Thank the Spirit for giving them faith or pray that He not delay in delivering it. And then imagine what it would be like to make eye contact with them when Jesus returns, cracks open our graves or gathers our dust, and puts us together together. Here is what Isaiah says about that:

     

    And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken (Is. 40:5).

     

    Sing together: A musical exclamation. Can you enjoy and appreciate how rich this sounds sung by a chorus together?

     

    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: ESV®

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