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Easter has passed and I’m finding myself still drawn to thinking on the events. Jesus is resurrected to life, presents Himself to a few, and then what happens?

In the Book of Acts, Luke gives us a glimpse:

To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3, NASB)

For forty days, Jesus came and went. He did not stay continually with the apostles. His purpose was to prove to them that He was indeed alive.

In one of the times that He was with them, and eating with them, Jesus gave them a command:

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised …” (verse 4)

Jesus commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, for they had been coming and going. They were to stay put and await the Father’s promise.

“Wait” and “await”, two words which give us the impression of staying in a posture of expectation. It implies staying put, stationary as you anticipate an answer or occurrence.

Waiting is not easy and takes concentrated effort for we are most often impatient, wanting our answers to come quickly.

But what if we were to be like those first apostles? What if we became people who waited for the Lord to respond with answers or guidance?

In the waiting, God will lead and teach us.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5, NASB)

In the waiting, we gain what we lack.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:31, NASB)

“As we trust God, He enables us to soar during a crisis, to run when the challenges are many, and to walk faithfully in the routine day-to-day demands of life. Walking in the ordinary pressures of life can be much more difficult that flying like an eagle in times of crisis.”


(from The Wiersbe Study Bible, page 1037)

God knows how we feel when we are exhausted beyond ourselves. He knows that in ourselves, we will run out of strength and become faint. But we can trust Him for all that we need in times of difficulties.

“Waiting for God is not laziness. God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.”  (G. Campbell Morgan)

May we be like those first apostles and wait on God.
Wait for His Word, for His promises, for His guidance, for His answers.
Waiting on God will prepare us for what is to come next.

Fear is not a respecter of persons and will slip in by whatever means it can. “The good news is that you have the power, through the name of Jesus Christ, to kick that uninvited evil guest to the curb and right off to the abyss where he rightfully belongs.”  Linda Stoll shares her wisdom and encouragement in her post “Let’s Kick Fear to the Curb” HERE.




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