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ACTS 1:1-11

 

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
 

“Wait”. That’s the hard part when it comes to serving the Lord. Would you agree? So often we want to charge out there and do something when often God says, “Don’t just do something—stand there!” Times of waiting on God are times of growth for His children. He may want us to learn something during that time of waiting. Our part is to serve Him for His glory until He reveals the next step, then we can move on.

 

REFLECT

 

Psalm 27:14


Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.


According to this verse, what two qualities does it take to wait on the Lord?


How can you exhibit these two qualities?



Psalm 40:1


I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry


How does the psalmist write about waiting on the Lord in this verse?


“Patient” waiting on the Lord does not mean inactivity, it means to continue to serve the Lord faithfully while you are waiting on His answer to prayer.



Ask God to help you serve Him faithfully as you wait for His answer to your prayer.

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