“What I Can Do While Waiting On God” Acts 1:1-4

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever been forced to sit and wait on something?Image

***illustration about PIZZA.

Personally,I hate waiting! Simply imagining waiting for 15mins for a pizza >. oh I’m gonna die.

But, you know, sometimes God makes us wait

God doesn’t always answer our prayers with a resounding (military salute) ‘yes sir! Right away sir!’

*** God’s YES and NO are immediate. But I find that more often He answers with His third response: ‘wait

Today’s topic is ‘what we can do while we are waiting on God’ ***We begin with the story of the Apostles having just seen Jesus for the final time before He ascended into the clouds

He commanded them to go into Jerusalem and wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:5 “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

(v.12)They walked all day from the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended back to Jerusalem and held up in an upper room to wait for the promise of God that Jesus had given them

Scripture says that all eleven remaining Apostles were there along with Jesus’ mother, His brothers and some others

The total number of people waiting in the upper room was about 120 according to verse 15

All of them waiting on the promise of the filling of the Holy Spirit

The important thing to note in this story is that they didn’t just wait idly on the coming of the Spirit, but while they waited they did what they could do

Notice the 3 things that they did while waiting on God…

I. They Prayed Acts 1:14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…”

a. It would have been easy for one of them to say, “what need do I have of prayer, Jesus has already promised the Spirit”

i. Or “I don’t need to pray, God already knows my needs, and He is sending me the Spirit”

ii. But they didn’t do that, they prayed as fervently as ever

supplication’ comes from the Greek word “Deesis (deh’-ay-sis)”

1. It means a seeking, asking, or an entreating to God

We often forget the importance of prayer in our times of waiting on God

i. We will often pray about a subject once and then never bring it before God again

ii. The Scripture promises that God honors our persistent prayer  KEEP PRAYING while:

*waiting for a loved one to come to Jesus

* suffering from an illness in which there seems no reprieve

* Some have lost direction in their life and they seem  to face many more questions than answers

When we pray while waiting we are showing God that we have placed the matter in His hands

Not that we expect Him to fulfill our every wish; God is not a genie in a magic lamp

Our prayers show we trust that in God’s loving hands “all things will work together for our good” (Romans 8:28)

Billy Graham said, “Heaven is full of answers no one ever bothered to ask…God’s answer is ready; it’s just waiting for our personal and persistent prayer”

II. Study the Word

READ: Acts 1:16-20

a. Imagine what all of the Apostles must have felt toward Judas Iscariot

i. I am sure they didn’t understand why this man had done what He had done

ii. That is a question that many still ask today

iii. But Peter began expounding the Old Testament Scriptures which foretold about the betrayal of Judas

iv. Their time of study allowed them to better understand that, while God did not cause Judas to sin, He foresaw its place in His plan of redemption

v. Quote: Peter used the most compelling proof, Scripture, to reassure the believers that Judas’ defection and the choice of his replacement were both in God’s purpose 

Sometimes we seem to have many more questions than answers in life

i. We pray and pray for an answer and seem to never find it

ii. Many times the answers to our questions are obviously held within the scriptures

We don’t find the answers because we don’t look at the instructions 

***illustration: “BUILDING A BICYCLE”

  1. Life is like that many times
  2.  We bypass reading the instructions of God’s Word and then wonder why we get ourselves into situations that require us to ‘back up and try again’

If you are waiting on God for an answer, the very best advice I can give you is to consult His instructions: We have the responsibility to study God’s Word

II Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

***The study of God’s Word helps us to more fully understand His character – and when we do, we will better understand why He does what He does the way He does – and may even help us realize why we are being made to ‘wait’ if indeed we are

John Wycliffe said, “To be ignorant of the Scriptures is to be ignorant of [God]”

 

III. They Worked :Take an Action

Acts 1:21-26  

The Apostles were one man short because of Judas’ betrayal and suicide

i. The Scriptures in Psalms had called them to choose a successor

ii. Quote: They had the first Church Business Meeting

iii. There were two requirements for the successor

1. He had to have had a part in Jesus’ early ministry 2. He had to have been a witness to the ascension

Matthias became the one who would take the place of Judas

NOTICE: Not only did the Apostles PRAY and STUDY during their time of wait, but they also took care of the business that needed to be done

If we have called on God for something, and He is causing us to wait, that does not take away our responsibility of doing what needs to be done now

***illustration: “BUILDING A PROJECT”

Jesus always allowed those with Him to do what they could before He intervened

i. Some great examples of this:

1. He told the men to fill the water pots at Cana – then He did what only He could do

2. He told the Apostles to put the nets down in the water – then He did what only He could do

3. He told the people to remove the rock in front of Lazarus’ tomb – then He did what only He could do

God always expects us to do our best and then He will do the rest

***illustration: “David and Solomon” David wanted desperately to build a temple for the Lord, yet God told him that it would not be him, but his son Solomon who would build it. David could have sat and did nothing, but instead he began gathering all of the materials his son would need to build God’s temple (Story in 1st Chronicles 28, 29)

 

Waiting on God’s future blessings does not give us a license for complacency to not do the work He has called us to in the present  

 

CONCLUSION: Sometimes God, as a loving Father, makes us wait on Him

Illustration: “Parent and Child” A good parent often makes his child wait for things because the parent knows that this will help to teach the child patience.

The greatest thing all born again believers are waiting on is Jesus’ return

And it has been this way since Jesus ascended

Acts 1:11-12 “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

And while we all wait for this most glorious hope, we should take a lesson from the Apostles

We need to spend time with God in prayer and supplication

We need to study His Word, our life’s manual

And we need to continue in the work that He has called us to do now, in the present

QUOTE: Waiting for God doesn’t mean sitting around doing nothing… it means doing what we can, while we can, as best we can…while always being careful to not run ahead of God

Thank you for reading..Hope it will help you .

 ❤ Je

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