“And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’ ” (Acts 1:4-5, ESV).
Jesus was about to ascend to Heaven when He spoke those words to His followers. He gave them no indication of a timeline – He simply said, in essence, “Trust Me! Go and wait.” They were, in effect, in a holding pattern not unlike the one in which we find ourselves today. Many are naturally waiting for life, the economy, businesses and churches to begin functioning as before, but this is a time to wait and seek what God is saying to us. I’ve been praying for new direction, purpose and power for the days ahead. I hope you’re doing the same.
Behind every Word from God is the power to accomplish it. There will never be a directive given that is to be lived out in our own strength. God is up to something! In all of this I wonder about His timeline for us all. Suddenly, every preacher in America is a “televangelist” of sorts. Why? Well, for one thing, the Gospel is now going around the world faster and in broader strokes than ever before. Jesus Himself said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14, ESV). Could it be that His return is closer than many of us think…?
Therefore, we need to seek Him, His wisdom and power for the days ahead. My experience with God, which has proved true for decades is that He is faithful to provide for and protect His people. No matter what is going on in the world around us, we don’t need to live in fear. He has the situation covered. In fact, sometimes He will send us into difficult situations just to display His power.
As I’ve prayed about our current crisis, I’ve very clearly heard these words, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28, ESV). This was God’s original command and it hasn’t changed. And it doesn’t alter due to the changing times.
I am reminded of a time before the Israelites were released from the Babylonian captivity to return to their homeland. The prophet Jeremiah instructed them, “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease” (Jeremiah 29:5-6, ESV). Why is this significant? Because what is going on in the world is too big for you and me to handle. Therefore, as we seek God, and continue to live our daily lives, we will be filled with power, we will know what to do, and we will prosper; we will become fruitful and multiply, because that is the very nature of God’s presence and blessing for every believer.
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos. During the COVID-19 “Shelter-in-place” order, visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for Sunday services on-line, and for further information about the ministry. Also join us for prayer daily, M-Sat. at 10AM, LIVE on the Grace San Marcos Facebook page.
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