In Leadership It Is Necessary To Learn To Wait, Not Everything Will Happen Immediately!
Leadership Principles In The Book Of Acts
4And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Acts 1:4 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:4 (NIV) ― 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
Acts 1:4 (NLT) ―4Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them,“Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.
Acts 1:4 (MSG) — 4 As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me.
Development of the Leadership Principle:
One of the first instructions the disciples received on behalf of the Lord was to wait, wait, wait! They could not move or advance in the mission, the order was very simple, they had to remain still.
Sure there was much work that had to be done. The first disciples had a mission to accomplish, but they also had to understand that it was only in the precise moment of God.
The coming of the Holy Spirit was sure, but they had to persevere until the indicated moment of the Lord, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
The things were not going to happen all of a sudden and in a hurry, the disciples had to be patient and wait! God had promised it, but it was going to be in his time. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was going to happen, but first they had to remain in the upper room for various days anticipating the fulfillment of the promise.
Waiting wasn’t easy, as leaders on occasions we can be very impulsive wanting to do and make things happen in ministry. Many times without waiting on God’s timing.
One quality that every leader must possess is patience. Patience is reflected when a leader endures displeasing situations in silence.
The origin in the latin vocabulary, “patientia” the Word patience describes the capacity that one possesses to be subject to tolerate, cross, or endure a determined situation without experimenting anxiety or losing calm.
It’s extremely important to wait patiently on God for all decisions that one must make in leadership and ministry…
Psalms 40:1–3 (NKJV) — I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.
Wait On God…
Trusting in his promises, in his time they will be fulfilled if you persevere and trust in Him daily.
Wait in his presence, in his presence God will give you peace and security that everything will come out fine and in your favor.
Wait for his response, God will respond to your need if you only honor him in taking time to wait for his direction.
Wait with a correct perspective, looking at the big picture and the future God has for your life and ministry. A hasty decision could cancel out everything that God has for your future.
Remember that in waiting it will help you make better decisions considering the will and plans God has for your life.
Today I encourage you to be still and remain in his presence. Do not be in a hurry to get out of your secret place of prayer, wait on God and surely he will give you the direction and counsel for your life and ministry! Do not move without the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. In Lamentations 3:25-26 it tells us, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.”
The Holy Spirit will visit you when you wait in his presence. It is a blessing to remain and wait before the Lord. Surely it is the best investment of our time that we can make.
Reflection & Practice:
How is it that I can have the virtue of “waiting on the Lord” within ministry?
What things in my walk with the Lord have impulsed me to move before the time of the Lord?
Why do you think many leaders ignore or don’t give importance to this principle?
Foundational Scriptures Of the Principle:
Luke 24:49 (NKJV) ― 49Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[a] until you are endued with power from on high.”
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) ― 14Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)― 31But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 40:1 (NKJV) ― 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
Psalm 123:2 (NKJV) ― 2Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us.
Lamentations 3:25-26 (NKJV) ― 25The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.
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