Lent Devotional: Isaiah 25:6-9

by Jonathan Haefs

Isaiah 25:6-9 (click here)
It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)

So much of life seems to be spent waiting.

As a kid, you’re constantly waiting to be a certain age to be able to participate in certain things. You wait in lines, you wait on people, you wait for a special day to arrive. You wait and wait and wait and wait and wait…

Will the waiting ever end? And more importantly…will it have been worth it?

Much of relationship with the Lord is described as a call to wait. We are to wait for the Lord, which is another way of saying we trust him. Waiting does not mean we are idle in our relationship with God, but that we are actively trusting him.

The need to wait on the Lord arises from the fact that our experience does not currently align with his promises. We are a redeemed people waiting for the completion of redemption. This has been promised to us, and God will bring it about…but right now we wait…we trust…we hope.

That day will come…the day when we no longer have to talk about waiting, but will be able to speak in past tense and declare that we have waited. The day of final salvation will come when all our waiting will seem like it has been no more than a few moments.

Salvation will be complete and all the waiting will be over.

Yet, until then…we wait. Not idly, but expectantly. We wait in such a way that declares to the world our great confidence and trust in the Lord who is not idle, but actively working towards the day for which we are waiting.

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.