wait for the promise

Acts 1:1-5 (ESV)

1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said,  “you heard from me; 5  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”


How easy it is for us to become impatient. I know I don’t enjoy waiting for something even when I’m assured it’s worth the wait.

But what could be more precious than the promise of the Holy Spirit?

For deep down we know that we cannot live God’s way without His help.

Thankfully that help comes in the form of the Holy Spirit. Given to all believers as a guarantee of our inheritance (Eph 1:13).

And, as followers of Christ, we need not wait for this wonderful gift. For we receive it as soon as we repent & believe.

Instead, we must patiently await the return of Christ (1Th 4:13).


prayer : thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit; help me to be patient as I wait for your return, O Lord

action : ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.’ (Rom 12:12)