Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, Jesus gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”
Because mostly fathers are the breadwinners and the ones who cast visions for their families, they are usually the promise-givers. They promise us that we will have a good life. Once they’re going to earn money, they promise us that they will buy us ice cream, clothes, food, toys, gadgets, etc. as long as they can provide. They promise us to have good education so that we can get a good job. And, towards our birthdays or when we’re going to receive awards or in graduation, they promise good gifts. They are good promise-givers, but some only can keep their promises. Others failed for different reasons. And sometimes, their children would give up on them, probably call them liars, because they failed to fulfill their promises.
Somehow, sometimes, we see God like our earthly fathers. We heard His promises. We prayed earnestly. We hoped for the best to come immediately. Yet, when God sometimes is silent, and we don’t know why, we somehow fail to understand His ways and call Him a liar. It’s just sad, right?
And right now, here’s the passage that we can see how God keeps and fulfills His promises. Jesus commanded His disciples to wait for the gift His Father promised. He promised them that the Father will send “another Counselor” (John 14:16) who would guide them into all truth (John 16:13). Jesus is talking about the coming of the Holy Spirit, whom He describes as the gift the Father promised. In Luke 11:9-13, Jesus told His disciples: “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” The gift of the Holy Spirit described here as gift from the Father and being considered ‘good’.
The question is do we have the patience to wait upon God on what He’s going to give us and do in our lives. Are we seeking Him every day, waiting, being sensitive to what He’s speaking to us?
A Personal Project: Wait upon God. Be patient.