And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (Acts 1:4)
I was about 12 years of age, almost concluding my SS1 then, when I had the chance to read the book, “THE NEW MAN” by Femi Ademiluyi. I cannot remember again what happened in the story, but I cannot forget the introduction given to the book by the author- an introduction that has stuck to me through the years of my life and has always spoken to me as I navigated life on a daily basis. It said, “This is the story of Ayo Badejo, who sought to change his world, but his world changed him.” That introduction never fails to come to me, whenever I see people eager and zealous to “change the world”, because I discovered that the world is quite bigger than one man, and he who seeks to change it could end up being changed by it.
So, what is the solution? Should we fold our hands and do nothing? Should we keep our mouths shut for the rest of our lives and refuse to speak out at the things happening around us? “Not exactly”, says the Spirit of Wisdom, “but no matter how much you feel about some things, and you even wish you could change them, do yourself a favour: PERIMENŌ (Wait).”
I had felt the stirrings of the writer’s inkhorn quite early in life. I had written many works though unfinished before I entered the university. In fact, my first written work that I could remember was when I was 10 years old (in JSS2), with my friend Mandela Duruji. As a university undergraduate, at a point, I had a desire to start public writing early in life. I had already arranged my vision in my head and was putting my articles together for release, only for me to go to the place of prayer, and a word from the scriptures came to me. That word stopped me on my tracks, and in those words, I heard the voice of the spirit say, “WAIT!”
I am not the first to have been told to wait. Moses, too, had a passion. He wanted to go and save his people from their slavery, and he desired to save then now, not later. For him, there was no time left, and he must ACT NOW! But in the voice of the fellow Israelite who challenged his calling, he heard the voice of the Almighty say, “WAIT!” It would be 40 years later, before Moses could be summoned in order to fulfill his God-given assignment.
So also were these disciples. The Lord has risen! They would have loved to go and tell it to the world, and to as many as would care to listen. But the Lord Jesus knew the world, more than they knew it at that time. Yes, he understood his disciples’ passion. Yes, he understood their desire to get all men to see that Jesus is the Christ, and that he has risen from the dead. But he had one instruction for them as he left them, “WAIT!”
Why wait when we can speak now? Why wait when we can do something now? We know what to say, we know how to say it, and we know those we can meet. Just let us, just allow us; just give us permission to go. We can get this done in record time. But the Lord turned to them with perfect understanding, and said, NO, JUST WAIT.
Wait for what? Wait until when?
Well, I will tell you what to wait for; but I cannot tell you how long you will wait. “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8)
If you want to change the world; if you want to create a lasting impact, if you do not simply want to be a noise in your generation, if you do not want to join the cacophony of confused noise crying here and there in our generation, then WAIT!. For who? Yes, I will say it now, FOR THE HOLY GHOST.
But I have Him already in me. I speak in tongues. Oh. You have missed the point. Ok. Let me explain very well.
David was preparing to go into battle against the Philistines; but when he enquired of the Lord, the Lord told him not to go up directly, but to circle around and come to where the mulberry trees are. He gave him this instruction, “When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then stir yourself up; for then Yahweh has gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 5:24) Do you get the picture? David was not permitted to move, until he heard the sound of marching on the top of the mulberry trees. Which army is it that marches on top of trees? I leave the answer to your imagination.
The world is wicked. You can shout from now till tomorrow, they will not listen. You can attempt to reason with them from now till tomorrow, only to discover that they are unreasonable. Then, you will become frustrated, angry and little by little, hatred is filling your heart- something Jesus warned us against. But if you can hear the voice of the spirit say to you, WAIT, then you will see a reason to calm down and ask questions. Then you will see a reason to come before the Lord and ask Him what His mind is concerning the things confronting your world.
It is those who wait that will be armed with the strength of the Spirit of God. It is they that will make lasting impacts in their generation, and not be mere noise makers and fighters on the streets. What is the passion that burns in your heart? What is the vision that you will like to pursue? What errors in society would you like to see corrected? Well, is it the time to move? Have you heard the sound of marchings on the top of the trees? Or are you simply moving in the strength of your emotions? You see, your best energy will fail you. Your best arrangements will fail you. Your social media account will not save you. This world is far bigger than you. The Earth is far older than you. Evil is far greater than you. The devil is no longer a tiny serpent in a garden; he is now a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his head (to show how victorious he has become).
So, your certificate will not help you. Your political power will not help you. Your financial power will not help you. But once the Spirit is upon you, once the Spirit has moved in your direction and you are in step with him, whatever little you have, you will become a fort of resistance against the forces of hell.
So, what the Lord says to one, He says to all, PERIMENŌ! Wait for the Spirit.