While He was together Or He was eating, or He was lodging with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. Lk 24:49; Jn 14:1; Ac 2:33 “This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me; – Acts 1:4 (HCSB)
This morning I got up early, ready for what The Lord would bring through prayer and study. I spent the first few minutes in a devotional I have been working through as part of my mission trip experience. I then opened my Bible to begin reading the Acts of the Apostles with fresh eyes and an open heart.
As I read the first chapter of Acts this morning I was immediately drawn to the above verse. One of the areas of prayer and desire that I have during this fast is that God would work on me in the area of patience, specifically patience when it comes to His plan. I am the master of knowing what God wants, how to do it and how to make it happen. Am I the only one?
I find myself constantly in front of God or even worse, in His way. If I get even a small clue to what God is up to, I set off running to make it happen. This has left me tired, frustrated, discouraged and quite frankly absolutely burned out at times.
I read this verse over and over. Jesus tells them not to leave. Don’t do anything! Just wait. He isn’t telling them to just sit and wait for nothing. Wait for The Fathers promise. I can imagine what they might have been thinking at this point. “What?!” “What do you mean wait? We have to get started! There is work to do! Jesus is alive! We must go tell people!” And yet, Jesus tells them, wait.
There is a lesson here I need to learn. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses
Be still, and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10 (KJV)
Be still. Wait for me. Trust in me. Believe that what I have planned is better than what you want to do. Be still, Adam. Just be still.
Yes, Lord. I get the message. I will be still.