Friday, January 20, 2017

Times and Seasons

Acts 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”

We tend to think that we are the big and know so much, when reality is that we only scratch the surface when it comes in comparison with our all-knowing Creator God. This short devotion that I came about help us realize how big our Heavenly Father really is and how we can trust and depend upon Him daily. 

 Just before Christ ascended into heaven, His disciples asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? Christ refrained from answering their question as they had hoped, but in His wisdom He used the occasion to teach them that some information is for God alone, including the “times and the seasons.” In our finiteness, we are unable to handle too much information, and should we know even a small part of the “knowledge which is too wonderful for me” -Psalm 139:6, we would use it improperly.

The prophet taught the same lesson many years before: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” - Isaiah 55:8-9. God has graciously revealed enough that we know He has a wonderful plan, but the details are known by Him alone. They are under His own power, and authority. Certainly He knows the future, but more than that, He controls it.

And why not? He created time; surely He can exercise authority over it. Surely the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” - Revelation 22:13 can control the destinies of individuals and nations. Power to work out His good pleasure rests solely with “the only wise God our Savior … now and ever” - Jude 25.

Even though this power is His alone, His promise to the disciples that “you shall receive power, (here meaning strength)” has been fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit. We have what we need to be “witnesses” of that which we know of Him, to the uttermost part of the earth. 

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