And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.(Acts 1:4-5)
Imagine the excitement the disciples felt that day. They had watched the horrible events of Jesus’ trial, death and burial. Oh, the sadness they must have felt when they put Jesus in the tomb. How could the one who did such miracles and taught about the great things of God be dead? They must have felt that all hope was gone. I wonder if the thought of Jesus being alive again on that upcoming Sunday morning ever crossed any of their minds? Perhaps, they were so scared for their own lives that all they could concentrate on was hiding.
Jesus had foretold of His death and resurrection. Now, He stood before them resurrected from the dead. Imagine how they must have felt and the emotional roller coaster they had been on during those eventful days.
Here, the disciples are standing listening to the instructions of their resurrected Messiah, He who had risen from the dead victorious over death. They were undoubtedly feeling bulletproof and ten foot tall. How could they lose with the Son of God on their side? They were ready to battle the Romans and restore Israel to power. Yet, Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem and wait.
The word “wait” is not a popular word in today’s society. We are a very impatient people. With our microwave ovens, drive-thru restaurants and on-demand TV, we want everything right now. Our economy is showing the results of our on-demand lifestyles. Instead of saving until we can afford to purchase what we want, like previous generations of Americans, today we purchase on credit whatever our hearts desire—a house, an SUV, a boat, the latest high-tech devices, toys, furniture, and clothes. No wonder our economy has tanked. People spent more than they could afford; consequently, they defaulted on their loans, the economy went south and folks lost the unaffordable things that they had purchased.
When we try to get everything from the start it ends up costing us more. When we get in over our heads, we lose, then it cost more to build everything back up.
I am sad to see the same impatience in our churches today. People do not want to wait on the Lord. I have seen Christians make decisions without praying and seeking the Lord. They are in debt and looking for the next thing that will help fill their desire. They have filled their lives with so much stuff that they cannot serve the Lord like they should.
The Lord still wants to use us today. When you enter your prayer closet today, ask yourself these questions. Also, feel free to comment on the questions below.
(1) Have you done something without asking the Lord or waiting for His answer? How did it turn out?
(2) Can you remember a time when you waited on the Lord to work? How did that turn out?
The next time you have a decision to make, no matter how small or big, pray and seek the Lord. Wait for His answer.
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” Galatians 5:5 ESV