The man is well known to
you; by the end of this description you might even find that he is
If he arranges to meet at a
particular time, he is punctual. At a board meeting he’s there a little
early, but never late. If he walks in by himself even a minute late, he
apologizes. When he’s expected, he arrives—on time.
However, on Sunday morning at the
worship service it’s a different story. About five or ten minutes into
the service you will see him and his wife quietly entering through a side door,
politely attempting to avoid distracting everyone else. The reason, of
course, is his wife.
Oh, it’s not like he hasn’t tried
to correct this. Don’t bother suggesting that they get an earlier
start. They’ve tried that—and arrived even later. You’ll notice,
however, that he never says a word to her about this, at least not in the
hearing of anyone else.
You see, he has learned to wait
upon his wife. It is a valuable lesson and should probably be added to
the high school curriculum.
But did you know that the
Scripture specifically commands us to wait for each other in the matter of the
So then, my
brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
Paul had to tell the Corinthians
this as they were in the habit of first come, first served. But the
church is commanded to wait for each other. Why?
so that the body of Christ might be one. Drive-thru communion divides the
body; waiting for each other unites it.
so that we will judge ourselves, not others. We might well begin with our
so that there will be no favoritism seen in the church.
In waiting there is strength
(Isaiah 40:31). But in waiting for our Lord we learn the valuable lesson
that He moves in His time—not according to your watch. Indeed, we are to
wait upon the Lord until He comes again; may He find us faithful and vigilant
in our waiting.