There were many promises my father made that I clearly remember. Most of them he kept and they are the reason I was so close to my dad. We had wonderful times together, and as I got older, our conversations became more interesting and engaging. That all ended in September 1970.
One promise that is more important than any promise any earthly father can give is the promise given by God, the Father of all who have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. He pointed to this promise over 850 years before Jesus came and the promise was fulfilled. ““And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…in those days I will pour out my Spirit” (Joel 2:28–29). What days was He speaking of? Time seemed to be a long time before this promise was fulfilled. Consider the promise in Genesis 3:15 when God spoke to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” That promise waited over 4,000 years to be fulfilled, but when Jesus came, it happened and Satan was crushed. Time is not a problem with God.
It really is not the length of time that matters, but the fact that God always fulfills His promises. Jesus looked back over all those years and said, “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high”” (Luke 24:49). Israel may have become weary in waiting, but God never forgets and is faithful to make good on His promise. This point was very important to Luke as we see in Acts 1:4, 8, because it was going to take place in only a few days.
What if we gave as much importance to the promises of God as He wants us to have? What difference would this promise make in our lives if we understood the purpose of this promise? God has kept His promise. Will we place as much value on the promised gift of the Spirit as He does? Would we give Him the place in our lives God wants Him to have?
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