Verse for the Week: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all gathered together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4
Study reference for small groups: Acts 1:1-5
Have you ever been in a doctor’s office? It’s the worst, right!? First of all, you are probably there because you’re not feeling well. But to top it off you have to wait. These are the feelings I had this week as I thought about the new direction for me and many of my friends in starting a new church – Gospel Church. After twenty years of pastoral ministry I find myself in a place where I am waiting. However, if you’re waiting on God it’s never a bad thing. Waiting is where the disciples found themselves after Jesus went up to heaven to be with the Father. They were gathered together in one place while they were in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost (or in Hebrew the “Feast of Weeks”) took place fifty days after the Passover and the crucifixion of Jesus. It was a celebration of the first fruits of the harvest in which God’s people made an offering from their harvest to the Lord. So while the first Christians waited, God was about to work. While they were in the upper room wondering when and if Jesus would send the helper that he promised, they suddenly heard the sound of a violent WIND. Then there appeared tongues of fire that came to rest on them as they supernaturally declared praises in other languages. This miracle was a sign of the unity Jesus was brining to all nations through his Spirit freely given without distinction upon a declaration of faith. As an old professor of mine used to say, Pentecost was the “un-Babel.” But the strong wind also symbolized the powerful way in which God was about to work through his early church. And so this event was God making good on his promise given through the patience of his people. While they waited, God was working to equip them with supernatural ability for the purpose he was going to carry out through them in the world. This makes me wonder: What might God be doing in your waiting? What wind is he stirring up? I’m sure it has something to do with his great purpose for you. That’s God’s great Gospel. God has good news for you today no matter where you are and what you are facing. So don’t forget that God is working in your waiting just like he is in mine. He’s got big, big plans for you and in Jesus you have a glorious future awaiting you. There’s a powerful wind coming your way to set your sails in the right direction. Therefore, declare God’s joy today and walk in his promises now because it is his will to work with power while you wander his path to your purpose. God bless!
When was the last time you felt like you were waiting on God’s wind in your situation? Is there anything you feel like you’re currently waiting on God to do?
Read Acts 1:1-5. If Jesus appeared over a period of forty days after his resurrection, that means the disciples were waiting for about ten days from the time of the ascension until they saw God’s Spirit move with power at Pentecost. What do you think the disciples were thinking while they waited? What might the Spirit of God be gearing up for while you wait for greater things?
What does God’s wind represent to you? What is one big, big thing you would like God to in your life while you wait for him? Is there something you can do to work off your “wait”? In other words, is God calling you to do something in faith now to better prepare you for the big moment when it arrives?