“But Wait for the Father’s Promise”

November 30, 2012 | Tags: ,

While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise.

Acts 1:4

We think we know what we need. We’ve probably all had thoughts like, “If I get this one thing, this one thing I’ve been praying for, then I know everything will be okay.” Does that sound familiar to anyone? The truth is, only God truly knows what we need for each given day. We may think we know, but our perfect Father in heaven knows better.

Sometimes that can be a tough pill to swallow, especially if we’ve been waiting for deliverance from some form of oppression, and God is tarrying. I think of Peter and the disciples in the beginning of Acts. At this point, they had seen the risen Christ after his death by crucifixion. Given the promises from the Old Testament about the Messiah’s role as deliver of Israel, they naturally believed Jesus would now fulfill this promise since He proved He could conquer death. But Jesus had a much bigger idea in mind.

While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise.So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:4, 6-8)

I’m assuming a part of them was crushed. After all, the Roman oppression of the Jews during that time was overwhelming. But they had yet to see the promise God had in mind for them. They had yet to see the awesome power of the Holy Spirit to come dwell in them. This was a way better gift than just deliverance from an evil government–this was deliverance from the evil inside their human hearts, the best gift they could ever have. Jesus was not finished with His disciples yet. In fact, He had only just begun the true work He had planned for their lives–the spread of Christianity to the whole world.

Jesus does indeed have a bigger purpose in mind for us, one that we cannot see right now. Our lives are writing His story of redemption. When it is all said and done, we will be able to look back with Him, and with all the company of heaven, at the beautiful story of God. Our lives will have had a part in that story. And when we see the final copy, rest assured, Beloved–we will not be disappointed.

By Courtney Silberman

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