Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:7-8 (NIV))
I have been guilty of desiring to know God’s timeline. Let’s face the truth. most of us would like to know God’s plans in detail so that we would know exactly what everything happening in the world actually means. Perhaps we are all also guilty of wanting to know God’s plans so that we can make sure that they benefit us in the way that we want them to come about.
We are not to know these details!
Think about that for a moment.
If we knew the details, where would faith come into play? We would know exactly what is to happen and our faith would never be tested. We would know the outcome to the exact timing and we would not need to rely on God or on our faith in Him. We would simply be able to say that it happened exactly as expected.
Exactly as expected!
When in this course of days that we are blessed with has anything ever gone exactly as expected? We know that the sun will come up in the morning and that we should expect to go to work, come home, spend time with our families and friends, and then go to bed in preparation for another sunrise. Now, think back on your day that you just had. Did it go in that manner? Chances are that most of us spent our most recent day in a similar fashion to my outline. However, it is the details within that outline of a day that gives each of us a unique life. It is the thrill, and sometimes the anguish, of the uncertainty that makes us human.
As humans, we live our lives based on what is known. As for me, I know a few things worth sharing. I know that Jesus is the Son of God. I know that He was born of the Virgin Mary. I know that He came to teach. I know that He came to die for our sins. I know that on the third day He was resurrected from the grave. I know that He ascended into heaven. I know that He sits at the right hand of God the Father. I know that through His atoning blood, my sins are forgiven. I know that my understanding of God’s infinite wisdom is only a very small understanding.
I also know that if I knew God’s timing for His plans, I would probably still be the same way that I am. I would still have difficulty grasping how and why He does things. I would probably spend so much time reflecting on His timing that I would miss out on the life that He has blessed me with.
All that we need to do is to understand God’s plans. He will unveil His timing when it is right. When He does unveil His timing, He will send the Holy Spirit to guide us. He will not burden us with knowledge that we don’t need at the time. All that we can do until that time is be His witness.
What are you doing with your time?