A short meditation from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8
(4) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
(6) Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus told His disciples to wait in their current situation, which was one of complete fear and terror, until they received the promise of the Father – the Holy Spirit. Many times we rush ahead of our Lord. We want to make decisions about friends, relationships, careers, etc. without His guidance. The world demands that we make decisions. How can we just wait idly for some sort of sign!? Or perhaps, we pray about something for a while but we still aren’t sure which path to take.
“Do not leave Jerusalem.” “Wait for the promise of the Father.” Do not move. Wait wait wait wait WAIT!!! Jesus tells us to wait and He tells us, specifically, to wait for enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. In verse 6, the disciples ask Jesus if He will rebuild the Kingdom of Israel. They ask this having seen His death, His resurrection, and spending forty days listening to Him talk about the Kingdom of God itself. How!? Because without the Holy Spirit, we are ignorant of the things of God.
John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
It is the Spirit that guides us to the Truth. It is by the Spirit that we are united to God. It is by the Spirit that we are given intimate knowledge of God. Without being led by the Spirit, we are like the disciples – we may have good intentions – but we will be ignorant and foolish.
We need to stop leading ourselves and wait for the Spirit to lead us. This is the promise of our Father – a Spirit of Truth. In the meantime, let us focus on becoming attune to His voice, fearing Him, trusting in Him, and building intimacy with Him.
Let the Spirit lead.