How many of us love to wait? Not too many.
Don’t you love it when someone says, “stay put?”
I don’t think so. We love to go, go, go.
The American way is to go, “get er’ done”, and grind it out.
What about when God says to stay?
Jesus commanded his disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit and to stay in Jerusalem.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, two until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:1-8, NKJV)
Let’s notice, “He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father.”
What was Jesus saying? Jesus was saying, “stay.”
Both stay and go are a part of life. There is something about stay that is not as enticing and exciting as go.
We are more acquainted with go!
“Go”, therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV)
“Go” has mystery and a sense of accomplishment. Go is like a reward to us — we deserve “our go.”
But “stay” seems insignificant and minor! When people tell us to stay, it is interpreted as you’re not ready for what’s next.
God did not give the disciples a suggestion – it was a command.
God told them to stay in Jerusalem. There was something in that place that would not happen anywhere else.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on those who remained in the place Jesus commanded. God does not have us stay in an area without a cause.
God’s stay place
My wife and I have friends that are travel experts. Whenever we decide to travel, we call our friends. They give us nothing short of fantastic advice on where to eat and where to stay. They tell us where to go and where not to go.
How many of you know that God knows where you need to stay and where you need to go?
God navigates us in a variety of ways. One way God guides is through surprise. Have you ever gone out to dinner, and the place you ate became a divine appointment for you and others? Well, we sure have.
Has God ever led you by knowing? All you know is, we have to go there. And when you get there, something unique happens?
This is God leading us by His Spirit.
Has God ever told you to wait – stay put? Most of us resist and even hate the place of waiting. Our Dog Daisy hated to “stay.”
We used to throw ice on the floor, and Daisy would go crazy and eat every ice cube we dropped. Then there were times we would tell Daisy to stay.
We would lay the ice out on the floor and say, “Daisy, stay, s-t-a-y, stay Daisy.
After just a few seconds of staying, Daisy would begin to shake and eventually shake uncontrollably to make herself STAY!
Are you like Daisy when God says, stay? To stay in God’s command is not like being stuck.
Being stuck happens when we fail to grow or to learn. We can get emotionally stuck in a dire circumstance or a tragedy. The Apostle Paul was stuck on a ship that was sinking. God told Paul to stay on the boat.
Only God would tell us to stay on a sinking ship. But God’s ways are not our ways. Right?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)
We have to trust God on the shore and in the storm!
And when the boat is going down — you stay on the ship!
Paul stayed in the boat and beat all the odds.
Those who “stay” discover the divine purpose in the command.
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