Patience is a virtue. Have you heard that saying? There is truth to that, but not everyone is blessed with that virtue and waiting can be hard for anyone, especially when you are waiting for something really great. Recalling back when my husband and I were dating, waiting until the next time I saw him was probably the most impatient I have ever been in my life. I still get a bit impatient waiting for him to get home, mostly in the good I can’t wait to see him kind of way. As Christians, we have that same expectant waiting as we wait on the coming of Christ.
During my devotion this week, the verses and narratives echoed what we are learning on Sundays as we study the Book of Acts. Jesus promises. all believers, that he will send us a helper, the Holy Spirit, to be with us while we wait for his return. A simple understanding of that promise might be that He will send us the patience we need to wait. However, it is not the job of the Holy Spirit to help us wait patiently and quietly for the Savior.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.Acts 1:8
When Jesus first sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles they were gathered together in the upper room. The minute they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit they became active. They began preaching the Gospel of Christ, ministering to the public, attending temple service to praise & worship, and performing miracles in His name.
Our waiting time here on earth is not intended to be stagnant either. We are to be actively waiting by sharing the gospel of Christ, being in fellowship with one another, praying, worshiping, and ministering to the needs of others. This is the daily help that the Holy Spirit provides to give us the resources needed to carry out crisis work here on earth while we wait on Christ’s glorious return.