“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8, NIV
As Jesus was ascending into Heaven, He told His disciples that soon the Holy Spirit would come into their lives. So, Peter and the other disciples returned to where they’d been staying.
“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14)
Of all the things the disciples could have done, they waited. They gathered in faith, uncertain of when exactly Jesus would send the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes, God promises His children something, but He doesn’t deliver it right away. During these moments, it’s easy to fall away from God. It’s tempting to think, “If You don’t do this on my schedule, then I’m done. I’m out.”
But that attitude is harmful.
God, in His love, desires to give you only the very best. He has a purpose for His timing. In the disciples’ case, it may have been that He wanted them to grow closer together during their wait or that He desired to have them know Him on a deeper level.
When God asks you to wait, will you be faithful like the disciples? Will you continue to seek Him even if He doesn’t give you what you want?
God, help me to stand faithful even when it looks like nothing is happening. Though it’s hard for me, I trust Your purpose, and I trust Your timing. You are good, and You are using this season in my life. Lead me to walk in patience. In Jesus’ name, Amen.