Acts 1:4-6 – “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” NKJV
How many times in pursuit of the purposes of God and fulfillment of a call or dream from God have we gotten the cart before the horse? How many times have we run before we had fully developed the message, understood the strategy or received the empowering needed to fulfill that destiny? How many times have we failed to fully obey the directive of the Lord in fulfilling His call? HOW MANY? Tragically many more than any of us would like to admit or possibly even realize.
In this account of the followers of our Lord after the resurrection and before the ascension of Jesus the Lord gives a direct and specific command that can be applied to many situations in life. It is also a directive or command that is overlooked when applied to situations beyond this particular account. Jesus had been with them forty days unveiling the heart and purposes of God and the Kingdom. He gathered them together and commanded, not suggested that they NOT DEPART Jerusalem but WAIT for the Promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit. The coming of the Holy Spirit was to transpire BEFORE they launched out in their ministry as directed in Mark 16 to GO INTO ALL THE WORLD.
I am sure they wanted to immediately launch out into the deep but the Lord gave specific directions to WAIT UNTIL. I am reminded of the story in 2 Samuel 18 where Joab takes David’s army to battle against Absalom and Ahimaaz begged to be allowed to run with the message. Joab gave the command to the Cushite to run and Ahimaaz continued to press to be allowed to run also but he had no message. He felt inspired to run but he had not been properly prepared, did not have the clear message and did not have the full authority to run but he wanted to run. Finally Joab said, “Run”. Ahimaaz ran through the valleys and across the plains and outran the Cushite. The watchmen for David saw both runners and David anticipated news from their lips. Ahimaaz arrived first and David asked for the report but all he could say was, “I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was about.” David was not pleased nor edified with those words. He ran, he ran well, he ran fast but he ran in vain for he had not been fully prepared.
In a great sense, that is what we are being told here in this passage. If we are to effectively take this message to the world we must be fully prepared and that means we WAIT UNTIL. We wait until the Holy Spirit fully empowers us. We wait until the release of the Lord to run. We wait until we have seen the message. We wait until we have been developed, equipped and trained. We wait and that, for most of us, is almost impossible. I personally hate to wait. I don’t like lines. I don’t like waiting lists at restaurants. I don’t like slow computers. I don’t like traffic jams. I don’t like fighting through in prayer when the answer is delayed. I, like most, like instant gratification and immediate answers. BUT, there is a tremendous power in learning to WAIT ON THE LORD. We learn to reign in our emotions. We learn to channel our zeal. It is in waiting that we learn to hear that still small voice of the Lord saying, “This is the way walk in it.” They that wait upon the Lord renew their strength. They that wait on the Lord hear His voice. They that wait on the Lord receive His clear directive, understand His plan, and receive His power. They that wait fulfill His purposes!
May the Lord quicken to your heart the importance of WAITING UNTIL! God bless you as you go through this day!