“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
Sometimes, we don’t know the right questions to ask! Why is that? Maybe, it’s because we are asking the wrong question at the wrong time. Possibly, because we have an agenda, the Lord does not want us to give our time and attention to something. Could it be that our presuppositions are wrong and not aligned to God’s GPS for our lives? Whether it is wrong timing or wrong motivation, the bottom line is that sometimes we just don’t get it. As much as we might try to follow closely, sometimes we miss the proverbial forest for the trees. We are so close, but we can’t see the big picture. At other times, we are so far away that we can’t even see the trees.
Let me say it again, “Sometimes, we just don’t get it.” Have you ever had one of those seasons in your life when you seem to be clueless? You feel you are in the right place, but not fully grasping what you are doing in that place. Possibly, like the people in Acts Chapter 1, you are in the place to see the Lord, and He is saying and doing miraculous things. However, you are dumbfounded on what to do next. Like Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration, you think you need to do something, even if it’s wrong. Prone to activity, you immediately spring into words and action, but that’s not what the Lord intends. Like Simon Peter’s previous experience, and the Mount of Olive observers, God just wants us to listen and wait, instead of asking and getting busy.
Listening and waiting are much harder to do than asking and acting. Reading this devotional today might offer activity for your mind, but the Lord might want you to just listen to Him. So, wait on Him…and be silent. If you do ask, try asking Him what He wants you to ask Him. That would be different, wouldn’t it?
Press into hearing Him. He will give you His game plan when He desires to reveal it. His plan is probably much larger than yours, like His early followers learned. They were still focused on Israel, while He had the world on His heart. I don’t want to miss out on anything He has planned, because of my limited, finite perspectives. When you don’t get the answer you want, embrace the one He gives you. It is always much better!