The hardest thing you’ll ever have to do, as a Christian, is wait on God.
We’re going to spend the next few minutes to exploring that statement, but I think we can all agree that waiting is difficult. No one likes to wait: for Christmas, for the cookies to get out of the oven, to see their friends and family again, nobody likes to wait. Why do you think there are so many passages in the Bible about waiting? (Proverbs 8:34, Luke 2:25, Luke 8:40, Romans 8:23, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:5, 191 others…at least). Because God knows as well as we do, we stink at waiting! It’s true.
We must constantly be reminded to wait on God and his plan for our lives. Which brings us to today’s topic verse:
“And, behold, I send the promise of me Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”–Luke 24:49
Jesus is speaking to His disciples this passage, shortly before ascending to heaven. They’d gone through a lot in the last few months of watching Him die, hiding for their lives, having Him appear to them alive again, and then now He is leaving them. You can imagine how they felt. Their hope was lost then returned, now it seemed to be leaving them… again!
But interesting, Jesus says some of the least hopeful words in the most hopeful way. He tells them of a promise to send unto the a comforter and power from on high, yes, but He also tells them to tarry. He wants them to wait in Jerusalem, a city filled with enemies of Christ and His followers. What kind of comfort is that? The Pharisees and High Priest are still out for blood. The Romans have been ordered to crush this upstart rebellion, and Jerusalem is the hub of it all. “Why wait to send us power?”, “Why Jerusalem, of all places?”.
Your life and mine
This isn’t about the disciples, they’re just my example. This is about you and me; your life and my life; every Christian everywhere who is wondering, “God, what do you want me to do?”. The hardest thing a Christian will ever do is wait on God. That trial you face isn’t your kryptonite, persecution won’t break your spirit. Why? Because when we love God desperately; madly; deeply, we yearn for His voice and His presence; we long to be in His will and near His heart: therefore the hardest thing we will ever face is a feeling of being distant from Him.
Can a Christian truly ever be without God? I don’t believe so. If the Holy Spirit lives in you, God is ever present with you.
- What if I committed a terrible sin? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” –1 John 1:9
- What if I live in sin? “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” –Romans 6:2
- What if I did something so bad, God would never forgive me or love me again? “But He that shall blaspheme the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:” –Mark 3:29 (To commit this sin is to deny God’s existence continually and attribute the works of the Spirit of God to Man, Chance, Nature, etc… A Christian cannot commit the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. If they could, there would be no redemption from that condemnation)
The point is, God is always with you from the moment you are saved, but sometimes we don’t feel His presence or hear His voice. And if our heart truly long and yearn for Him as a lover’s heart yearns for their love, separation from Him is our greatest torment. I want that love! I want to love God so deeply that His presence, His voice, His plan is my closest desire and most ardent passion.
Waiting For God’s Best
It’s all about trusting Him.
- That He knows what is best
- When is the best time
- And where is the best place
There’s also a bullet point for “Who is the right one”, but that’s an entirely different post:) God loves you and want’s what is best for you, but sometimes He doesn’t lay out the map of your life and show you all about it. Sometimes it takes a great deal of trusting Him. But I will tell you that God’s best for you is the best you could ever hope for; and it is well worth the wait and ache.
We don’t like waiting, and we stink at it. But what drives us on is always what awaits at the end. For some success, relief, satisfaction, completion, enjoyment… Waiting on God is always rewarded with results and waiting on God’s best is a promise that you will receive what is best at the perfect time.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist