Yesterday we entered life’s waiting room in hopes of finding some helpful activities to help us pass that time properly. Today we continue our time in the waiting room, again avoiding anything by Celine Dion.
As you sit in the waiting room, you will not simply be making phone calls or sending texts. You will also be listening for all sorts of things. For one, you will be listening for your name or that your flight is boarding. At some point it is going to be time and you want to be ready.
One component of communicating with someone is listening. Don’t pray just to speak, pray to listen.
How easy is it to hear and understand someone when you are also talking? A much better conversation involves listening on both parts.
God will speak in a variety of ways and we need to pay attention. In the case of our example from Acts 1 of life’s waiting room, Peter speaks. Peter is obviously not god, but notice he doesn’t just say, “hey this is what I think and I am Peter so listen.” Instead he says, this is what I think we need to realize and do and this is why. Peter uses God’s Word as the basis for what he does here.
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus” – Acts 1:15-16
Peter helps shine some light on a very dark subject, Judas, who was one of them and he betrayed Jesus. The perspective here says that Judas was a part of the plan and, while painful, we must move on. This perspective came from listening to God’s Word.
Waiting Room Activity # 3- Obey
After waiting for a while in the waiting room, they finally say your name and ask you to come with them. Your response is not to tell them you don’t want to go that way, or you don’t want to get on that plane. You will go with them in very simple obedience.
Peter has made the case for taking some action and now he tells them what the plan is.
Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. – Acts 1:24-26
Because the Word of God says this,they, therefore, need to pick a new person. Now, this couldn’t be just anybody. The task they were to do was to “be witnesses” so it would be important that the person they selected be a witness to the ministry of Jesus and especially the resurrection.
So, they propose two men and do something that we have no record of after this time. They cast lots. What does that mean? Casting lots was looked at as an acceptable means of getting God’s direction. They would use rocks or sticks in a method that is similar to drawing straws or rolling dice. It was common in the Old Testament, but not today because we have the Holy Spirit to direct us.
They cast lots and took it as from the Lord. There was no, best two out of three; the decision was final. God had spoken.
Can relate to the apostles uneasiness in waiting? You may not know what God wants to use you for. Yes, we all need to wait for certain things or opportunities, but as we wait we don’t just mope around and complain about how we would like to do something great for God now! We don’t just sit around waiting for one day that we will arrive, but we use the time to pray that God would use us, listen for what God may want us to do through His word and Holy Spirit and obey when he calls you to do something.
We are never completely out of life’s waiting room, which actually proves to be the best place for us because we know it is God we are waiting for. If He holds our life in His hands, what could we possibly have to fear?