Monday, September 13, 2010

Redirected Attention

And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:7-8

I am currently reading through the book of Acts devotionally and was struck by this verse. Jesus had been speaking about a kingdom that would eventually come. The disciples would often ask Jesus when the kingdom was coming. Now that Jesus had died and resurrected the disciples again want to know if now is the time for the Kingdom to begin. Jesus responds to their question by saying in essence, that was not to be their concern at that time. It was not for them to know about, right then.
Listen, it is not wrong to ask the Lord a question. It is not wrong to seek clarity on something that you felt the Lord has spoken to you. The Lord encourages us to ask. He bids us to come and seek Him. He loves to hear from us. However it is not uncommon for the Lord to redirect our thoughts onto other things that are to take precedent in our thinking. It wasn't that the Kingdom of God wasn't important. It was that the Lord had some other things He wanted to do, namely add to the kingdom. In order to do that He was going to empower His disciples to go out and preach the gospel. There was something that the Lord had for His disciples at that time, and It did relate to the Kingdom; but not in the way they assumed. What they were to be concerned with was waiting for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them. That was to be their priority. The Lord redirects their focus. So often that is what the Lord does with us as well. My concerns are valid. My questions are important. These things are a priority, yet at the same time there is something else the Lord may want to do that I was unaware of. My train of thought can get so wrapped up in one direction that I overlook something. Thus the Lord in His infinite wisdom will redirect me. I often feel like the disciples in this passage as the Lord speaks to me, "John its not for you to know this right now, but this is what I have for you today." All I can say is , "okay Lord You know whats best."