Hey guys, I hope your day is going well. We were talking this morning about the book of Acts and it has stuck with me all day. Putting myself in the shoes of the disciples I can’t begin to imagine what they felt at this point in history.
There must have been a flood of emotion, fear, excitment, anticipation, anxiety, it all would have been bursting at the seams.
Interestingly, in chapter 1 verse 4-5, we see that Jesus tells the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit…
Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts of the Apostles 1:4-5 NLT
Now why would Jesus have said this? Maybe the disciples had decided to skip town and head home (to be honest, I probably would have). After all, remember what all has happened. Over the course of the last two months, Jesus was crucified, buried, rose again, and was now walking around. Can you imagine the amount of tension on the scene in those days? The Jews would have been freaking out, Pilot must have had people trying to figure out how this all happened, and people, believers and non-believers alike, were beginning to question everything they knew about life.
On top of that, the disciples would have been in the middle of it all, they were the ones who spent all of their time with Jesus, so certainly people would have been inquiring, accusing, or searching for them as well. What a stressful situation to be in. But in this verse we get a glimpse of the peace from our Lord as Jesus re-assures them, ‘Don’t leave Jerusalem’. He’s telling them to stay where they are because he has something great for them!
I think about how this applies when we’re scared. Maybe we’re in a situation where we should stand up for God but we’re intimidated by those around us. Maybe we’re with someone hurting and don’t know how to respond so our nature tells us to leave them alone. Maybe we’re frustrated with the things going on around us. In all of that, Jesus says ‘Don’t leave, I have something for you’.
This can be a challenge, we don’t naturally stay in stressful situations. Yet, God will use these situations to grow us, strengthen us, and most importantly, grow his Kingdom.
I’m not saying that every tough situation is created by God, we certainly get ourselves into a lot of trouble without his help, what I am saying is that God can use every situation for his Glory, we just need to be willing to stay, and wait!