The acceptance of God’s timing has to be one of the more difficult aspects of our Christian faith. We live in a fast food society. We are accustomed to having it our way and right now. Waiting just isn’t part of our culture. The culture back in the disciples’ day wasn’t as impatient as ours, but we still see them asking, repeatedly the scripture says, when? I’m sure Jesus’ answer to these men wasn’t as satisfying as they wished. He told them simply, ‘knowing when isn’t for you to know’. How frustrating! This is where faith kicks in: Is God perfect? Yes. Are His ways perfect? Yes. Then shouldn’t His timing be perfect? sigh Yes. And so, we wait. Nope, not easy. But waiting rarely is. And how did Peter and the others spend this time waiting? They gathered together in prayer. Prayer is never wasted, and waiting doesn’t have to be.
Acts 1:7-14 NIV
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
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