God Reserves the Right Not to Answer All Our Questions

After Christ rose from the dead, he made it a point to answer many of the disciples’ questions to help them understand the scriptures, the Lord himself, and their place in God’s plans moving forward. Despite the fact the Lord Jesus was willing to satisfy much of their curiosity, they still had to accept the fact it was also God’s will not to reveal everything they wanted to know in the very second they wished to know it. For instance, if we look at the beginning of Acts 1, we find the following words:

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 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.

8 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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The disciples were anxiously anticipating the rebirth of Israel as a physical nation and were hoping the Lord would bring it about right then and there. Instead, he lovingly gave them a kind of “let’s not get ahead of ourselves” response. Since God is sovereign, he reserves the right to play some things close to the vest, as we would say. He isn’t obligated to show all his cards to us whenever we expect him to, because he’s the one ultimately running things, not us.

So Christ laid it out to them that it was not their place, nor is it ours, to know all the specifics about how the Father will unfold everything he prophesied about in his word. However, the Lord was gracious enough to tell them the important thing that should be the focus of his saints. To put Christ’s message another way, he was saying, “Don’t concern yourselves with what God’s going to do over there. You just focus on being prepared to receive the Holy Ghost so you can do what I want you to do as my witnesses over here.”

Whereas, their obsession was with Israel, the Lord Jesus was telling them that God had a bigger picture in mind that would encompass not only Israel, but the regions near Israel, and eventually the whole world. When we as Christ’s followers let God, the Holy Spirit, have his way to empower us to be his witnesses in whatever capacity he sees fit, we will discover (in the same way the disciples did) that the Holy Spirit will answer the right questions for us at the time when we need them answered. He will tell us what we need to know at the moment we need to know it–in a manner that is sufficient for us to deal with whatever we face in whatever moment.

Being the curious creatures we are, we will always have questions that God may not answer right away, if at all. We just may have to learn that we are not entitled to have God tell us everything about everything, but what he does tell us–and how he chooses to tell us in his step-by-step process for our maturity–is good enough.

(Featured image from Wikimedia, used under CC 4.0 license.)

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