Times and Seasons
“When they, therefore, were come together, they asked of him, saying, ‘Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”
Times and seasons are so important to the curious, but God has a very different perspective. Throughout the centuries men have wrestled with and even twisted the Word of God to determine the timing of events. God’s purpose is for His people to walk by faith, alert and ready for His return, living every day with the desire to be about His business.
Jesus responds to their curiosity.
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
“It is not for you to know the times or the seasons…” The truth is it is not that important. We are to live each day as if it is our last. Jesus desires to bring us into the vital truth of what it means to live in heavenly places.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
There is a focus and a concerted purpose in those who live in His Spirit. Today we are to hear Him, respond to Him and obey Him. Tomorrow will be filled with new opportunities and trials, but we are to walk out His portion for us today.
Jesus concluded His conversation with His disciples concerning their question.
“But ye shall receive power*, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
The great need of the disciples was not to know all about His return, their need was to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit so that they would be witnesses to all nations. It takes more than words and phrases to be a witness for the Almighty God. It takes His power filling ordinary men and women to prepare this world for His coming.
We know we are in the last days, but the issue is not the time or the events which are about to unfold. It is about us being in the right relationship with Him. The most essential need for every generation is to “abide in Christ”; to live lives that are ready to be offered unto Him because we love Him.
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,
To day if ye will hear his voice,
“Harden not your hearts…”
*NOTE: Notice while the disciples wanted to know about things concerning the Kingdom, Jesus was intent in them receiving the power to make Him known.