Acts 22:16 What Are You Waiting For?

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16

Advertisements bombard people every day as being very urgent and that one needs to act upon it right now. Often they say that one has to call within the next few minutes to get the deal. Or they say that you must come in and get the deal now, before it goes away.

Many different things call for priority of immediate action. Passing on doing something, may mean that it is lost forever.

As Paul is talking about his conversion experience, he tells the people that after Ananias had told him about Jesus, he asked what he was waiting for. Then he told Paul to be baptized and wash away his sins calling on Jesus.

Going through life, there are times that there are things that need immediate action. Most often the things that need to fastest action are when there is an emergency that can cause harm or death. In reality, outside of a life and death emergency, most things can be held off on acting upon it.

One thing that many people see as a non-emergency is believing in Jesus and being saved. Although life appears to be good and one feels he can accept Jesus later, one thing he does not know is the exact moment he will die. Once a person dies, there is no hope of being saved, if he has not chosen to follow Jesus while alive.

Knowing that one could die at any moment, means that believing in and following Jesus is the highest priority of action one can ever make in his life. It is an action that will effect today and throughout all of eternity. There is no time for waiting to make a decision.

If you have already made a decision to follow Jesus and make Him your Lord and Savior, that is great. However, if you have not made that decision, today is the day to make it. In fact, right now is the time to decide.

Waiting only increases the odds that it will be too late and you will die in your sins, being condemned for eternity, exiled from God for eternity.

Now that you have heard the message of Jesus Christ, today is the day to make that decision to follow Him.

What are you waiting for?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to believe in Jesus; that you will choose to turn away from all sins to follow God; that you will not wait anymore in following God with all of your life; and that you will pass the gospel message on to others who need it today.

John 7:6 Waiting For The Right Time

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

Impatience is something that a lot of people have while they have to wait for something. Nearly everyone wants something and they want it right away. It cannot get there fast enough.

The wisdom of man thinks that now is the time for things to happen. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and timing of everything, all one does is look at immediate, personal desires or the situation in the moment. Things often get rushed and end up leading to disaster.

Due to leaders wanting to kill Jesus, the disciples urged Jesus to leave the area of Galilee. Jesus said He could not go, because His time had not come to leave.

Waiting is difficult and even more difficult when there is a high possibility of danger involved. Unless someone is a procrastinator, most do not like to wait. People like to keep moving and keep the action going forward. Things cannot occur fast enough.

God works on a larger time table of eternity. Although man is finite here on this earth, God is looking at the larger picture of eternity.

He is willing to wait for the perfect time for an event to occur, regardless of how long it may take. And in reality, even if it takes a thousand years, it is just a slight moment in light of eternity.

It is common among believers to have the same mindset as the world does–needing things or to move right now.

Instead of jumping ahead of God, a believer must be willing to wait on His timing. Being patient and waiting will allow for the perfect time to come and things to work out better than could ever have been expected.

There is probably something that you are waiting on God for and desire it right now. Instead of fretting and fearing it will be too late, put your trust in His timing.

God has a reason for causing you to wait. He is waiting for the perfect timing of everything to be set up right to meet that need, move you forward or to stop something.

Realize that God is working on an eternity timetable, not the temporary one of this earth. While you are waiting, God will not allow anything to occur to you that is not in His plan for your good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will wait for God’s direction to move; that you will not fear what man can do, but trust God’s protection; and that God will reveal His plans for you in the right time.

Luke 18:8 Will God Find Faith In You?

I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

People are quick to say that they agree with someone or something, but later back down on that statement. They lose faith in people and things very quickly. This is often due because of past let downs that hurt them greatly.

Having faith in someone will hold on, even when things don’t look good. One with faith, will not give up at all, regardless of how long it takes.

Jesus gave a parable about a women seeking justice from a judge who would not give it. He said that God will give justice to those who cry out to Him, but wonders if He will find any faith when He returns.

Saying that one has faith in God is an easy thing to do, but much more difficult for many to actually show. People will cry out to God for help once or twice, but when God does not immediately answer, they give up.

Every person who has given up, has lost the faith in God. Often they feel that God will not answer them at all or meet their need.

Each and every time a believer cries out to God in prayer for a need, God hears him. God may or may not choose to answer immediately. Regardless of whether God chooses not to answer, the person must continue to cry out to God for that need.

This continual crying out to God is a sign of faith. It is showing that one truly does believe God can meet that need and won’t give up until that need is met.

One must not be like many and give up, but to keep the faith in God. You may have a situation in your life that you need God to meet. You have prayed an prayed and God does not appear to want to answer you.

Don’t give up. Keep seeking God’s help. God may be testing to see how much you trust in Him and how badly you want His help. True faith will trust in God and continue to seek Him, waiting for His answer, no matter how long it takes.

Do not be like many and give up, but keep the faith in God. Allow God to find faith in you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you have faith in God’s abilities; that you will have complete trust in God meeting all of your needs; and that you will not give up trusting God when He is silent.

Revelation 6:11 Wait A Little Longer

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed as they had been. Revelation 6:11

Problems occur in the lives of every person on the earth. When these problems occur because of the acts of someone else, people want to see vengeance brought upon the other person. They want to see the other person punished.

One thing people ask is how long it will take to punish the offender. Punishment is expected to be expedient.

In a vision, John sees an angel open seven seals. After the fifth seal was opened, he saw souls of those who had died because of their belief, and they wanted to know when they would be avenged. They were given a white robe and told to wait until a certain number of then had been killed.

It is common for people who have become believers to believe that life will become easier as a believer. It is expected that all problems will go away.

However this is not true. Jesus promised troubles and that people would be martyred for their belief in Him.

The world hates Jesus and God and any one who follows Jesus with a true heart. Satan will do whatever he can to stop every believer, including murder.

God is patiently watching what is going on and keeping record of what evil people are doing to believers. Those who do evil against His people are only storing up a record for His wrath to be poured out upon.

At the right time, Jesus will return and get the vengeance against those who harmed His people. Until that time occurs, believers will be killed. Every believer needs to be willing to stand strong and true to God, despite the troubles that they may and will face.

God sees every trouble that you are going through. He knows exactly who is doing you harm.

Do not worry or fret over what others are doing or have done to you, God is watching. At the right time He will call each of those people into account and get His vengeance. His vengeance will be greater than anything you or anyone on this earth can provide.

Just as God is patient, be patient and wait just a little longer. In light of eternity, life on this planet is very, very short.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know God will take vengeance for you; that you will have God’s patience in waiting for His next move; and that God will give you strength to continue to follow Him through any troubles that come your way.