Mission Devotional - June 20, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

"Waiting"

Opening Prayer: Forgive us in our waiting, O Lord, when we get frustrated or impatient and try to speed up the process. Waiting takes time to accomplish its full work in us. Help us, therefore, to open our hands and our hearts and simply wait for you in patience. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 130:5-6

Journal: Where does God have you waiting these days?  How are you reacting to that?  What do you still need to let go of in order to truly wait for the Lord?

Reflection: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6, NIV)

It is a strange tension, this waiting for the Lord. After all, waiting - in general - tends to fill us with uncertainty and anxiety. When we are faced with the unknown, we typically respond by grasping for that which is old and familiar. We reach out for order and control in whatever ways are at our disposal. Which is counter-productive to the waiting process. The whole point of waiting for the Lord, it seems, is to get us to finally let go of control, rather than grasping for it. It requires us to open our hands and our hearts to whatever God might be up to - whatever he might want to give and wherever he might want to lead. And that requires trust.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Vitaly and Oksana Voinov live in Moscow, Russia. Vitaly is working with the Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) in Russia/CIS as IBT's director. IBT has been serving the non-Slavic peoples of the former Soviet Union for four decades by translating the Holy Scriptures - Bibles, New Testaments, individual Bible books, and illustrated Children's Bibles. Pray today for the Voinov family who will enjoy some time with family the U.S. this summer.

YOKE mentors middle school children by building friendships with Christian adults through clubs, camps, and Kid Time (hanging out with kids in their world). Currently YOKE reaches out to nearly 20,000 students at 26 middle schools located in Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, and Knox counties. Pray today for the Yoke volunteers as they connect with middle schoolers at camps this summer.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, help us to open our hearts and empty our hands, that we might wait for you fully and freely. Amen.