Tuesday, January 22
Wait for It
I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. 3 After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise. "This," He said, "is what you heard from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Act 1:1-5)
Jesus spoke frequently of the coming Spirit, which was not an unknown promise to Jewish believers. Scriptures such as Joel 2 clearly pointed to the outpouring of God’s Spirit as a sign of the long-anticipated Day of the Lord:
28 After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 I will even pour out My Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. (Joel 2:1)
The concept of the Spirit was not new to the disciples, but how God’s kingdom would look was. Even after three years of traveling with and learning from Jesus, witnessing the crucifixion and resurrection, and then spending forty days learning from the resurrected Jesus…the disciples had not fully grasped what God was doing. They had not fully released their expectations of what the Messiah should do. So Jesus admonishes them to wait.
The disciples were not to run ahead with their own plans and ideas. Unlike us, they had no idea how the rest of the book of Acts would unfold. How the Gospel would spread, the Church would grow, and what the Kingdom would look like. Without the wisdom and guidance of the Spirit, they were more likely to build a Kingdom in their own image rather than the image of God. And so they waited.
Running ahead of God’s timing and gifting is never a good idea. When have you run ahead of God’s timeline or out of step with His plans? In what areas is He asking you to wait right now, or is He saying the wait is over and gently nudging you ahead?
Thank you, Jesus, that your Spirit provides all the wisdom and guidance we need. Forgive us for the times we have run ahead and messed things up. Forgive us for the times we have allowed fear to keep us paralyzed and stuck in place. May we wait patiently on You, and when the Spirit moves may we follow.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.