Verse for the week – Acts 2:1
When the day of Pentecost came the disciples
were all together in one place...
Waiting is a difficult thing. We are often told to ‘Wait a
minute’, ‘hang on a sec’ or simple just ‘hang in there!’. Waiting is a nervous
thing, will it happen as it has been planned, am I good enough to get the gift,
what about if it doesn’t happen, what then?!
The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem for the coming
gift of the Holy Spirit, the one who had been promised from the beginning, the
one who would bring power and comfort, guidance and support for the coming
These disciples were regular people from Galilee and the
surrounding area, they were not particularly well educated, but they had spent
3 years with Jesus, witnessing him heal the broken, hearing his word that brought
new life and restoration and watching him and learning from him to do the
things he had done – and even more! They had seen him die and were now testifying
to him having risen from the dead. He had given the command to wait and then
returned to glory. Now, all they could do was wait and pray
So, what are we waiting for? Perhaps we are waiting for the
end of lockdown so that we can visit friends and family again. Waiting for
governments to ‘do the right thing’ perhaps. Waiting for the plans, that we
have been busy making and then rearranging, to actually happen. Whatever it is
we are waiting for, I believe that it is nothing in comparison to being filled
with the Holy Spirit.
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were changed beyond
their wildest imaginations when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began
speaking using languages that they didn’t know, but that were known by all
those who had made the pilgrimage from across the known world. They were filled
with a joy that they had never known before. They had a burning desire to tell
everyone about the risen Lord Jesus and how a relationship with him would
change the lives of all those who were listening. The disciples were filled to
And this Holy Spirit power is available to us, today, in the
middle of unprecedented and disturbing times. Times when all around us is
bleak, we can be filled and know that there is hope and joy and new life.
The Psalms are filled with the phrase ‘I waited patiently
for the Lord and he heard me and he answered my prayer’ God is still in the
business of hearing our cries and answering our prayers when we wait on him. All
we need to do is come to him and ask.