Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Wait Until"

"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high".  Luke 24:49
"But tarry ye until".  In other words "wait until".  Until what?  Until you are endued with power from on high-- from the Lord.  These disciples were told to wait until they received the power of the Holy Spirit outpouring.  I see a real problem that faces the modern day church.  We don't know how to wait-- or perhaps I should say, we don't want to wait.  We are so accustomed to having everything when we want it without waiting.
It is no wonder we are weak and stay in a state of confusion about what God's will and plan is for our lives.  No wonder we are discouraged because we don't hear from the Lord or feel as though our prayers aren't answered.  We aren't waiting for an answer.   
The fault never lies with the Lord.  He promised that we would receive when we ask; He would answer when we call upon Him; He would tell us what to do and He would lead us in the way we should go.  We are the ones at fault.  We are the reason-- rather, our impatience-- is the reason we don't get answers to prayers.  We aren't really praying.  We are throwing up words to God and expecting Him to catch it "on the fly" and immediately send back the answer.
New flash:  God is not on your timetable or schedule!  He is God and He answers when He gets ready to answer.  You don't command Him by telling Him when to do it.  He answers in the "fullness of time", according to His time.  Mary conceived the Messiah in the fullness of time-- God's schedule.  Daniel prayed for an answer for twenty-one days before God spoke-- God's schedule.  Jesus prayed at one hour intervals three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before the answer came-- God's schedule.  The Day of Pentecost was fully come when the disciples who were tarrying were finally endued with power-- God's schedule.  
If we would learn to wait in prayer until the Lord answers, instead of rushing it, we would have clarity instead of assumption, power instead of performance, direction instead of confusion and know what the will of God is instead of trying to figure it out.  Rushing the answer never works.  You can't rush God.  You have to learn how to wait.  And if you will-- it will be well worth the wait.  
Have a great day.  Waiting until brings the answer.     
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