God’s promises must be pursued

“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter and James, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Al-phae’us, and Simon Ze-lo-tes, and Judas the brother of James.” – Acts 1:13

 

Excerpt from Devote 365 Book: 

A large crowd gathered in a field on the outskirts of the town of Bethany. Silence blanketed the crowd as their eyes squinted against the backdrop of the sun, watching Jesus slowly ascend into Heaven. Like a helium balloon He rose slowly into the air until He disappeared in the clouds. For a long time they remained awestruck, staring into the atmosphere. And rightfully so. They had just witnessed one of the greatest wonders in human history. But being awestruck would not get them what God had promised for them. Gazing into Heaven, although understandable, was actually keeping them from what God wanted for their lives. So angels asked them a question, “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” Then they remembered Jesus had said that He would send the Holy Spirit, just as His Father had promised, but they were supposed to stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came and filled them with power from Heaven. So they stopped looking into the sky and made their way to Jerusalem in anticipation of the promise.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank You for Your Word that is full of great promises for my life. I know it is easy to get sidetracked with things in our lives. Many times I find myself stopping and looking around at everything else when there is a promise waiting for me if I’ll go after it. I pray today You will help me to pursue the promises You have for me.

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