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Reflect Jesus

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Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:6, “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’”

Background

I know a few people, as I’m sure you do, who have the uncanny ability to ask the most off-the-wall questions. It could be in a meeting or simply in a social setting, but the topic at hand is irrelevant to what may come out of their mouth. Your mind is one place, and everyone else is right there with you, except for the one person out in left field. And as you have experienced, coming up with an adequate and proper response can be a challenge. You want to address the question while also steering the conversation back on track. And it is that right track that is of central importance. While the disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit during their final moments with Jesus, they essentially concluded their three years of training with Jesus by asking Him about the restoration of Israel. This may be a slight overstatement, but I’m not sure if those guys could have been any more clueless as to what was about to happen to and through them. But the most important point of this scenario is that these men did eventually get it. They may have been as oblivious as a customer at McDonald’s who ordered a hotdog, but they didn’t stay that way. Once the Spirit got ahold of them, they got on that right track and rode it all the way to the end.

Application

So it’s ok if at the moment you don’t seem to grasp or understand all that God is doing. You are not on uncharted ground, nor are you the first to feel that way. If what seems so plain and simple to those around you is not quite as evident in your mind, there is no cause for fret. The God of all power is also the God of patience, and He desires to fully reveal Himself, no matter how long it might take. So if you’re asking questions, you’re on the right track. You just need to receive the answers God has for you in His perfect and living Word. Nothing new is under the sun, but there may be plenty to be turned over for you. Take your questions and concerns to your Father, and let Him show you the way.

Charge

As we seek Him today, don’t compare yourself to others around you. Focus on knowing and loving and reflecting Jesus.

Rich Holt / BCWorldview.org

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