While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. Acts 1:4 HCSB
Mega stores are some of my least favorite places to shop. First, I usually have to park a long way from the door and then when I get inside, I usually have to fight the crowds in narrow aisles to walk a long way to find what I want to purchase. Then I return to the front of the store to find that they have 24 checkout lines but only 2 are open. I wonder why they built 24 checkouts if they never use all of them. So, I wait in line to check out to save a few pennies. This is not exactly my idea of a fun shopping trip. We live in a world where we go, go, go. I hate to wait at the traffic light and I often get frustrated at a person who drives too slow.
Jesus specifically tells His disciples to wait. Too many times we want to get started and run ahead of God’s perfect timing. Waiting is sometimes a part of God’s plan. We need to be patient and listen for God’s direction in our lives before we move into action. God’s timing and power is vital to our success in any endeavor. Without God we will fail in the task. I have heard the joke of the person who prayed, “Lord, please give me patience and hurry up.”
Challenge: As the old saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses.” Do not get in such a hurry that you miss what God has for you to do. Wait on Him for direction and power. Thank Him for watching over you and giving you wisdom and power to accomplish His will in your life.