July 22, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 13 (Please do not skip reading the passage)
Name, dates of birth and death are cleanly cut into the stone. One word appears beneath the name—Waiting.
Shootings blot the American landscape almost every day. Deaths from the guns of evil continue to increase. Children and other innocents are dying. There is little peace and quiet in the Americans or the lands of Europe. Waiting.
Jesus spoke of such chaotic times with his close followers.
His apocalyptic precision proclaims, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22). Many will propose solutions which will not be solutions. The number of spiritual charlatans will increase, while we wait.
Other disciples have also seen such days. Their tombstones bear witness. Six feet beneath a cemetery lawn, with feet oriented toward the eastern sky, sleeps a disciple of Jesus. A testimony trenched into granite affirms a disciple’s faith: Waiting.
Some glad morning, in a sky filled with clouds, the Lord of Heaven and Earth returns. We, as it was for the disciples of generations before us, as it will be for those who follow us, wait.
We do not always wait patiently. Our anticipation often exceeds our ability to form just the right words. Our prayers are sometimes groans, words which cannot contain the grief. We are waiting, O Lord.
Life Application Questions
During your times of waiting what personal challenges do you encounter?
Which spiritual resources are helping you while waiting?
Do you have a particular prayer which sustains you in hours of turmoil?
While awaiting the foretold apocalypse what do you believe persists as the work of God’s people?
Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.