Jesus is getting ready to return to heaven. He spends his last few minutes with his disciples encouraging them and laying down instructions for them to follow once he leaves their sight. In Luke 24:49, his last words to his disciples were these:
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as My Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
What was the last thing that Jesus said to his disciples? WAIT.
What did Jesus NOT tell them?
How long they must wait.
He simply said wait until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.
As it turns out, it was only 9 days from the time Jesus returned to heaven until the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and filled the upper room. Now while 9 days is not a phenomenal amount of time, I cannot help but wonder if during those hours there might have been some in the upper room who grew restless and impatient on day 3 or maybe even day 8 and decided to leave, thinking it just wasn’t going to happen. Were there some who missed out on experiencing that spectacular promise of God because of their unwillingness to wait?
Now, I must confess wait is not my favorite word. Being a fairly strong type A personality, 5 minutes tends to seem like an eternity. I am one who likes to jump in with both feet and get busy, and waiting can be almost painful for me.
As I thought about the picture Scripture had painted for me this particular afternoon, I began to see how important it is to wait upon the promises of God. God usually does not give us a timetable detailing exactly a day and hour that we can mark on our calendar concerning the fulfillment of the promises he has given us. As days, weeks, months, and even years roll on, waiting can become wearisome. We might be tempted to “leave the upper room” so to speak and write off what God has said as unreliable.
However, as I am sure each of those in the upper room that day would testify, God promises are undeniably true and most surely worth the wait. There is nothing in all of the universe more sure than the promises of God. Though we may think He has forgotten, God’s faithfulness is unmatched and unchanging. All he has promised he most certainly will carry out to the smallest detail. We can count on it again and again.
Though God may tarry, He is never late,
and the wonders He will do are well worth the wait.
So remain and remember, stay put and don’t run,
for every Word of God will surely be done.
God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19)