This virtue is what I refer to as -“The power to wait.” Acts of apostles 1:4, says; And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Jesus’ instruction to the disciples to “wait” in Jerusalem kept them together on a retreat for 40 days and nights! You will observe that no definite time was set by Jesus for which the disciples were to wait! All they heard was – wait! For how long? None of them had a clue, yet they waited. And, because they waited, they got the promise. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
One major attribute of Christ that the church of God is fast losing is the ability to wait. We seem to have become too busy to wait in His presence for renewal of strength. Little wonder there are several cases of spiritual burn out with little or no result to show for it. As Bible scholars, many of us know that the first message delivered by Peter, after the waiting period of 49 days, added about 3,000 genuine souls to the kingdom. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41. What a result; what an input!
Each time I take a look at the calendar of many of our denominations and the plethora of activities, I wonder whether we ever see a need to review in order to assess whether we actually hit the target. It’s like we have started to equate activity to spirituality. No, a thousand times no. The early church was potent because what they gave were the things they received in the place of waiting on God. This desire to fill every gap with activities is the driving force behind our impatience.
Beloved, am glad to remind you that though we live in a micro wave age, we don’t serve a microwave God! We may be living in the age of noodles but our God remains the God of “Cajanus-Cajan” (cowpea specie or beans that take hours to cook). He cannot be boxed into our frenzy! I believe the church will become more fruitful if we wait more on God than the fleshly driven desire to appear before men at all times. Beloved, the more we wait to drink from the everlasting fountain of grace in God’s presence, the more relevant the church will become in our generation. Remember that Moses, Jesus and Paul all waited. If the church must return to the days of power, we must of necessity return to the days of tarring in His presence.
We shall look deeper into this topic in the next edition. I appreciate your time. Be ready for the sudden return of Jesus Christ.
God bless you.