My Witnesses (1 of 14) by Joe Alain

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My Witnesses (1 of 14)
Series: Acts
Joe Alain
Acts 1:8

Waiting on God
Luke tells of a meeting with the disciples that he also records in Luke 24:48. The message was "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised" (v.4). The disciples are in an in-between place. They are in a holding pattern. They have seen the resurrected Jesus, but they don't know what all of that exactly means for them. Now Jesus is giving them a mission, a purpose but instead of sending them right out, he tells them to "wait."

It's hard to wait and yet life is full of waiting. At times you may feel as if you're in a waiting pattern flying around in circles wondering when you're going to land. It's frustrating not to know, to have to wait. Maybe you feel that way today. You're life seems to be in a holding pattern. You're waiting for a healing, a spiritual breakthrough, the light to break through your darkness. And yet you are consigned for a time to wait.

That's where the disciples are. They are to "wait" on the Lord and there waiting will be rewarded for in just a few days they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God with them, the power to live. But for now they wait and they pray (2:14). There are many times in our journey where we will have to wait patiently on God, and as we do we too will discover that our spiritual breakthrough is right around the corner.

"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Ps. 27:14)

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes" (Ps. 37:7).

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry" (Ps. 40:1).

"But those who hope [wait] in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isa. 40:31).

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