6 Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and asked him a question. “Lord,” they said, “are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?” 7 He said to them, “You should not be concerned about times or dates. The Father has set them by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.” 9 After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go.”
In these verses, we find Jesus giving His final words to the disciples before ascending to heaven. In typical mysterious Jesus fashion, He says that He can’t tell them when certain things will happen (in this case the restoration of Israel out of the hands of the Romans) but He can surely promise them what is to come (the outpouring of the Holy Spirit). And of course (again in classic Jesus fashion), with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the disciples would be His witnesses to the ends of the earth and the result would be far greater than just the restoration of a physical kingdom, but the restoration of the whole world out of the hands of the enemy!
I have had plenty of times where I’ve asked God something specific and, seemingly ignoring my specifics, He’s answered with His promise.
“God, will this profitable job be won by my business?”
“I am your provider.”
“God, when will this dream of mine come to pass?”
“Trust in me with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
“God, when will this suffering and trial end?”
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We can’t always understand the specific way forward, but we know God’s promises for us. At the end of the day, we’re called to trust Him, and remind ourselves that He works all things together for good. Just like the disciples in this passage, if we can switch on our faith and obey Him, we will find that His plan will be far greater than what we imagine.
Jesus, help me to trust in You. I don’t need the specifics, as I have Your promises. Please lead me, guide me and help me to obey.
Written by Matt Samperi