Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 27, 2019

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.” – “Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 1:6-8.

“So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;  and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:6-8.

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Other doctrine is about trying harder.  

But, Reformed Doctrine is about trusting God more.

The disciples asked:  “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”

We are like children on a road trip who repeatedly ask their father:  “Are we there yet?”

There are two problems.  First, the father knows that they are not there yet and that if they actually understood how long it would be before they get there, they would be very discouraged.  It is better that they trust the father, not be anxious and dwell on the time, but rather just rest and play games in the back seat.  Second, their image of what is at the destination is likely very different than what is there.

Like children, the disciples wanted it now, and they also wanted something very different than what would be given to them.  The disciples wanted now a political kingdom in which Israel would be sovereign and free from the control and oppression of Rome.  But, they would be given a much more important kingdom, a spiritual kingdom.

Like a father talking to his children, Jesus turned the attention of His disciples to trusting Him.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.

God, our Heavenly Father, likewise turns our attention to trusting Him.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5.

“10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:10-11.

“Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:8.

“Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”  Psalm 116:7.


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