“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.”
Do you ever wonder what the disciples and apostles were doing after Jesus’ ascension? Well, of course, the book of Acts tells us that they appointed a new apostle, Matthias, and met together as one. Wouldn’t it have been great to be a fly on the wall at one of their meetings? What were they talking about? What were they doing? What were they feeling?
Yet this simple, one verse, in the book of Acts, tells us exactly what they were doing. They were meeting, waiting and being obedient to what Jesus told them to do. Jesus told them in Acts 1:4 “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Of course, this was the baptism, empowerment and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You may ask why is this significant? It is significant because it symbolises a deeper message. When God promises something to us, even if it is straight from the mouth of Jesus, we might need to wait before it comes to fruition.
The disciples could have easily been super zealous to spread the Gospel. They had their commission, and they saw the resurrected Jesus. What more did they need right? Yet Jesus knew best. Jesus knew that by being filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, they would not only receive boldness to preach in the face of persecution, but the right words to speak at the right time, and most importantly, they wouldn’t be ministering in their own strength and power but through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
We too can sometimes receive a promise from God yet get discouraged when it doesn’t come to fruition. But just like the disciples and apostles modelled for us, there is great blessing in the waiting, and even more when His promise is fully fulfilled. Keep trusting through obedient waiting. God has great blessings coming your way!!