January 17, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading is from Acts 1:1-5.

1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

In Confirmation we have the kids 'alter' the title of the Book of Acts to the Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles. It is a testament of the works and faith of the early church that gives us great insight into our church lives today.

But often, I think, we are urgent to get on doing the works of the Holy Spirit that we miss the importance of verse 4: he ordered them to not leave Jerusalem; but to wait there for the promise of the Father. Sometimes, like the Apostles, we just need to have patience. We need to stop and listen to hear what God is preparing for us. If we don't, we may just miss what God is saying amidst the bustle of our doing.

Dear Heavenly Father, Give us the patience and silence to listen wholeheartedly to what You so graciously intend for us. Amen

Chad Ryberg cryberg@livinglord.org

Prayer Concern: Peace for those who feel too busy to slow down

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