Acts 1:4 4On 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.
Thoughts of verse
Waiting in Life
Your path is difficult, very difficult for you. Often you must wait in life. No work in life is as hard as waiting. Wait – wait for God. Micah 7:7 tells us: I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Wait – Wait for the Father.
Waiting for God
Like the disciples, we must wait God’s time. We must wait for the promise of the Father, they were told in Acts 1:4. Wait – Wait for Me. Just as Isaiah 49:3 reminded us: I am the LORD – they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Waiting on God
Wait – wait on Me. Wait on the LORD: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD. Again, I say WAIT. All movement and motion are easier than still, calm waiting. Wait, and I will show you My will. I prove My love by setting you the task of waiting. Waiting FOR Me and waiting ON Me. I am your Father – I will not overwhelm your spiritual strength, I will come to you – walking on the stormy waters of life’s confusion, as you paddle on your helpless raft, mid oceans tempestuous turbulence. I am your Saviour – I will uphold you with My righteous right hand, lest you sink beneath the squally waves of life’s uncertainties. Look, one comes to hold you up. One, like as unto the Son of Man. Oh, wait child of God.
Wait for God; Wait for the Father; Wait on Me – Wait I say on the Lord I said: - I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; Psalm 130:5
Understanding our Priorities
There are times when we must wait. We ask God for many things. We ask for financial assistance, for healing, for revival, for church growth, for the development of our character--and it seems the answer does not immediately come. We experience what one writer calls "the discipline of delay." We must accept God's timing for His actions. He alone knows when, where, and why He will act. Through it all, we develop patience.
We face great temptations to take off on our own power and then wind up asking the Lord to bless activities we've already got going and plans we've already laid out. We almost seem to fear that "waiting" on the Spirit is irresponsible.
In the light of Scripture, that's getting things a bit backward, isn't it? Isn't looking to God for power and wisdom and direction the first thing we're supposed to be doing?
God, I trust You. Please strengthen me today to do whatever I need to do, through Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.