Acts 1:4,5 – Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Waiting can be quite frustrating especially if you have no confidence that what you are waiting for will ever happen. I guess the two things we have to sort out before we commit ourselves to waiting is this: First, how significant is this item or person we are waiting for? Will its appearance have a beneficial effect on my life? Secondly, how reliable is the word of the one who gave us a promise and told us to wait? The answer to the first question when relating to the promise of the Father is valuable beyond anything we can conceive. The Promise of the Father is an eternal promise the Father gave to His only Son Jesus. The promise was that the Holy Spirit would come in and upon all of those who believe in Christ. This is the promise of the Father. The second consideration is who made this promise? The promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit to consume our lives was made by the Heavenly Father and His only Son Jesus. Can I say any more? His promise is sure, our waiting will be rewarded. Here is how Andrew Murray describes waiting on the Father’ promise.
“What new meaning and promise does this give to our lives of waiting!….Oh, what the church will be able to do when her individual members learn to live their lives waiting on God when together, with all of self and the world sacrificed in the fire of love, they unite in waiting with one accord for the promise of the Father, once so gloriously fulfilled, but still unexhausted! Come and let each of us be still in the presence of the inconceivable grandeur of this prospect: the Father waiting to fill the church with the Holy Spirit. And willing to fill me, let each one say. With this faith, let a hush and a holy fear come over the soul, as it waits in stillness to take it all in. And, let life increasingly become a deep joy in the hope of the ever fuller fulfillment of the Father’s promise. My soul, wait thou only upon God!”
So here we are in the best possible scenario. We are waiting to be clothed with power from on high. For those who wait they will be filled to overflowing again and again. So come on now, let’s hurry up and wait.