NEW SERIES: “The Book of Acts” (5 year anniversary)

TEXT: Acts 1:1-11

MESSAGE: “Waiting On God’s Timing”

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“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” — Psalm 27:14

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 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 1:3-5

We learn to trust by…

  1. Asking Legitimate Questions (v. 6)

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

  1. Accepting God’s Answer (v. 7-8)

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  1. Fully Embracing Today (9-11)

And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

TAKEAWAYS: How do we wait on God’s timing? By understanding…

  • God’s ways aren’t my ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

— Isaiah 55:8-9

  • God’s thoughts aren’t my thoughts

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” 

— Romans 11:33

“If we knew what God knows, we would ask exactly for what he gives.” — Timothy Keller

  • God’s timing is better than my timing

“God’s delay is an expression of his grace and his patience. It is not an expression of his inability or indifference.” – Carl Ellis Jr 

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” — Galatians 4:4-5