The Spiritual Power of Waiting

I was contemplating on the word waiting this morning. At the beginning of the book of Acts of the Apostles, Jesus tells his followers to wait in Jerusalem because special things are going to happen.

The culture we’ve developed over the past 50 years or so places little value on waiting. Young people don’t want to wait (and gain experience) before becoming CEO. Heck, people don’t even want to wait on a meal or the satisfaction of a desire for something. I want mine and I want it now (I think I’ve heard a pop song to that effect).

It’s not without experience and wisdom that the proverb exists–good things come to those who wait. Of course, you wait with expectation. Watching like the wise bridesmaids in the parable.

And the followers waited–but they didn’t just sit around wondering. They prayed. The first two chapters of Acts notes several times that the followers (there were more than the 11) were in prayer together. So, praying and waiting. And when Jesus said special things would happen, they did.

Pentecost day came. Suddenly the followers, especially the apostles, felt tremendous power within them. Power that they’d always seen in Jesus. Power that they depended on Jesus for. Now they had it. They could feel it. Jesus told them to witness to the ends of the earth. Well, people from the ends of the earth were in Jerusalem for the Passover and Pentecost feast days.

The apostles wanted to witness. From the power within them, they were able to talk to every passerby in their own language. Luke lists several. This was crazy. These guys probably knew Aramaic, Greek and Latin. How could they know all those other languages? The power of the Holy Spirit, of course.

They waited, they prayed, when the time was ripe, they became powerful. 3,000 people became believers that day. And the church began with power.

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