In Acts 1:1-7 Luke writes this – “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority”.
Jesus had spent a lot of time with His disciples and yet they were still confused. They were confused about His life, His ways, His death, His resurrection, His promises, and His kingdom.
I think this is shown to us by the disciple’s last question that they asked Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” They still didn’t fully understand Jesus message and His purpose. They took His words and translated them into what they thought He should be saying or doing according to their interpretation of Bible prophecy. They thought Jesus was talking about a physical kingdom.
My, how often do we do this? When we take His words and change them into what we think He “should” be saying or doing. How did Jesus respond to them? “It is not for you to know “. These words need to be highlighted in all of our Bibles. When we start to get insistent with the Lord, when we get demanding, or when we think we know better we need to remember these words: “It is not for you to know!” We don’t need to know everything! We will never know His complete master plan before we do our part. I think that is why a lot of the time we sit and don’t do anything that Jesus has instructed us to.The Bible doesn’t promise that we will understand before, during, or even after a project (I’m not talking about understanding Scripture, but understanding God’s purposes for the things He commands). What kind of faith would it take if we always knew how things were going to turn out before we started them?
We all fall short in this area. What has God called you to do that you don’t understand and haven’t done?
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,