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. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8 ESV
As I write this it is the first day of spring and it is 15 degrees outside. At times like this we ask, will spring ever get here? The calendar says it’s spring, but it doesn’t feel much like it. Our impatience for the change grows stronger as the days go by. We want that time of refreshing and renewal that comes with spring, and we want it now. But, God will bring the change of the season when the time is right. We do not now, nor have we ever had the power to change the seasons because we will it. Only He can will such things.
The Apostles were excited for change when they saw Jesus resurrected from the dead. They thought for sure this show of power was the sign that the Kingdom of Israel would be restored, the Jews had been waiting for restoration of the Kingdom for hundreds of years and the seemed to be as likely a time as any. Jesus let them know that it was not for them to know.
Remember they were looking for an earthly Kingdom. They still wanted to be like all the other nations around them. They wanted a King. Jesus let them know that all they needed to do was be his witnesses to the world, the rest would happen in God’s time. They were witness to the establishment of THE KINGDOM. They were there on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and the Kingdom was established. They welcomed the first 3,000 subjects of the King when they baptized them into Jesus. They didn’t need to know when and how the Kingdom would come, they just needed to trust that it would. Their trust was rewarded.
Today as we anticipate the change in the seasons, or a change in our circumstance, let’s trust in him to do it in his time knowing that our trust will be rewarded.
God is good!
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman