READ: Luke 24:36-49 (esp., v49)
- It’s best to start at the end. Note how the emphasis has moved from being aware of Jesus’ resurrection (though with understandable doubts) to hearing the excitement of new responsibilities (preaching on Jesus’ behalf) to an abrupt, “But wait…” It seems so anti-climactic, so bump-in-the-road like.
- But wait comes with a promise. There is an empowerment from God that is yet to come. Jesus doesn’t want His disciples to try to do these significant tasks on their own. He knows they are not ready, never will be ready, unless God intervenes. It’s one thing to be excited, to accept the challenge, to roll up your sleeves; it’s another thing altogether to have God’s power.
- Waiting is hard to do. Most are more action driven than waiting oriented. Especially when we don’t really even know what we are waiting for. God has raised their friend Jesus from the dead. They’ve seen Him…eaten with Him…been commissioned by Him; then they are to wait? Such seasons of reliance on God are immeasurably important. It must be clear that this isn’t about us…it’s about Him.
- Describe a time when you’ve felt God calling you to wait for something.
- What do you do while you are waiting?
- How do you encourage others as they wait for God to move?
PRAY: Thank God that He wants to use us. Pray that we are willing to wait for Him to move. Commit to listening carefully to God’s movement.