Acts 17:16 He Could Not Wait

Acts 17:16 (KJV)
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

While waiting, he could not wait.

The Apostle had gone to Athens under pressure. The Jews of Thessalonica had chased him down in Berea and forced his evacuation. Having arrived in Athena, he called for Silas and Timothy to meet him there. While he waited, the Apostle became stirred for souls in Athens and began preaching.

Sometimes, we might find ourselves in what we might call a holding pattern. Perhaps we are it sure what our next step will be. We may be waiting on the Lord for our new assignment. But waiting is never an excuse for idleness, and I would suggest a sure sign of the Spirit of God working through a person is that he is easily stirred to ministry.

We need not wait while we wait. There will always be something to do for God. We do not have to find a new place, a fresh call. All we need to do is what we can for Christ. God will do all the rest.

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Acts 17:16 He Could Not Wait

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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