Waiting on God

The Ascension of Jesus

waiting on God


Read Luke 24

After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his disciples. But rather than being happy to see him, even though he told them he would rise from the dead (Mark 9:31), he startled and frightened them, they thought they saw a spirit, that is until he began to talk and explain to them everything that had to be fulfilled in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Luke tells us that Jesus "opened their minds to understand" (vs. 45). He then told them to stay and wait to receive what the Father had promised—power from on high—and then he blessed them and was carried up to Heaven!

Now, rather than being fearful, the disciples obeyed the Lord and waited joyfully. What was their secret? I think verses 52-53 explain a truth for us, they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. It sounds to me that not only did they wait joyfully, but they waited with great anticipation for God’s next move! 

It isn’t easy to "wait on God." We tend to lose hope and think God has forgotten us. But don't you want to have that kind of joyful anticipation in your life while you wait to hear from God? I sure do! But how; what does it take?

Like the disciples, we have the Word of God, and as God’s children, we’ve been given the same power promised to them—God’s Holy Spirit—to open our minds and give us understanding. In other words, we already have what it takes, we have what we need! 

So let us seek God’s will in our lives and offer praise, worship, and honor—with joy—knowing and anticipating that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 (ESV).

Let us also
remember that as we wait and pray the purpose of prayer is not to get our will done in heaven, but to get God’s will done on earth.* 

Bless the Lord with me!

Teach children about the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost.

Copyright 2020 S.A. Keith

*Dr. James Merritt


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