“After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but ‘must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.’


When they were together for the last time they asked, ‘Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?’


He told them, ‘You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world’.” Acts 1:3-8 (MSG)



This moment was the moment for which the disciples had been waiting. The disciples were with Jesus in his final days before he ascended to heaven. In the midst of their conversations, they had a question that revealed their previously unmet expectations. They had anticipated that Jesus would come to rule and establish His kingdom politically. So, even after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there was an expectation that maybe what they had waited for would come to pass. They wanted to know the time, but Jesus promised them something better. Going where and to whom would always be directed by the Holy Spirit’s leading. The Holy Spirit would empower the disciples to do ministry in their immediate area and all throughout the world. God would take care of the timing.


Waiting on God can be frustrating if we don’t understand how He works. The disciples asked Jesus about God’s timing, and we ask about it too. You don’t always get to know when God will work, but you have been given something better. When we sit around worrying about God’s timing, we overlook the best gift we have been given. You don’t have to know all the answers or know the future when the Holy Spirit is guiding you. We can get stuck asking more questions than asking the Holy Spirit to empower us to walk where He leads. Is it now time to get married, to move, or to start that church? When is God going to show up in my situation? All of these questions are valid, but they don’t necessarily lead us to the answer. The Holy Spirit is the answer to the future you can’t foresee. As a result of the Holy Spirit empowering the disciples, Peter led 3,000 people to salvation that first day. The Holy Spirit empowers us to expand our lives to reach more people. Ask God to empower you through His Holy Spirit as only He can do.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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