Saturday, June 1, 2019

Waiting



"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
                                                                         -Acts 1:8

This is a familiar to passage to many Christians. But do we really know it? Do we believe it to the extent that we are willing to trust the promise of Jesus and wait for Him to send His Holy Spirit? If we are willing to wait, and not move until He moves, then we may have the experience of the disciples, and our pain and sorrow may turn to joy as we tell the world about Jesus (though with sufferings).

If we are not willing to wait, if we move out on our own like Moses did when he killed the Egyptian in Exodus 2, we may find ourselves waiting in the wilderness for many years. Or the way Jonah did, trying to escape to Tarshish, we may find ourselves blessed with an undersea adventure. These are God’s mercies, for He is teaching us His way, and saving us from our own way.

We need to wait, but not just for the sake of waiting. We wait for the Spirit of God. We are not called to depend on our reason or our strength or our friends or our team, but on Jesus who promises the Holy Spirit. We don’t wait in some sort of spiritual pressure-cooker, as if at some point we are “done” and able to pop out with a new gift. Neither are we waiting for the proper frame of mind, as if God’s work depends on my thoughts. It really is waiting for God’s Spirit to move.

The key to the disciples’ success was not in their abilities and strengths (Erickson). They simply followed Jesus, and obeyed his command to wait.

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