Many times when we are facing challenging situations, we become consumed by a longing for the time when whatever is tormenting us will be over. Our focus is more on the time than the grace God releases at the moment to bear the situation. After Jesus was raised from the dead and just before his ascension, the disciples wanted to know whether the season of Roman domination was about to end. Lord, is this the time you will restore the kingdom to Isreal? Are we about to see the end of this brutal rule? Lord, will you allow this kingdom to continue even after they crucified you? While they were glad at being re-united with the risen Lord, they hoped the oppression they were going through would be over. Jesus made it clear that God’s design was that they will still thrive amidst the problems and challenges surrounding them. He made it clear it was not for them to know the timings the Father has set on his own authority. He made it clear that what they needed was power to bear the situations and witness his faithfulness amidst the opposition. How often do we confuse God’s visitation in one area of our life as a liberation visit in all other areas. It’s not for you to know when the challenges you are talking about will be over or the problems you are going through will end. He may not remove the challenge you are facing right away, but he will give you the power and grace to bear. While it’s okay to pray that God brings an end to your mess, it’s even better to pray that God arms you with strength to push through it!
“Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 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 1:6-8 NKJV
Last modified: April 19, 2020