Well what did you expect? The cry of justification, I told you so; the question, what did you think would happen; what were you really waiting for?
We have many expectations in life, but we are we expecting from God? In our lives, and in the lives of those around us?
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
The bible seems full of people being amazed that God was moving and working in other people’s lives. During Jesus’ time, it was the Scribes and Pharisees that tried to limit God’s work within the “right” people, now we have the circumcised believers, being surprised that The Holy Spirit has been poured out “even on Gentiles”. Peter points them to the fact that God has done it – so they had better get on with it and with them.
The message of God is quite clearly, yes even them! Even you! God is not limited by labels or the opinions of others. When God has a work to do he does it, through whom and with whom he needs to. He is not limited by our expectations or control.
Today, what are you expecting God to do? In your life? In your community? In the lives of those around you?
Lets let him do it, and join him in his work.
may I be astonished
and surprised by you;
but may I never try and limit you,
or dictate what you should do.
I wait in expectation,
to see what you are going to do,
and with those who surprise me,
that your power,
may come anew