Acts 1:8 HCSB
Father thank You for this day. Another day of life, demonstration, and reflection. Another day filled with opportunities. I’m humbly grateful for the gift of today. I hope to honor You in my words and deeds. I praise You Father. Amen.
Let me start off today’s message by sending a prayer of peace and comfort to my friends and neighbors, the White’s, who have been blindsided by the news of a family member’s passing due to a car accident. No one is ever truly prepared for death, and most definitely not a sudden one where there was an absence of a trigger leading to this transition. We slowly prepare through diagnoses and prognoses. The wind is knocked out of us when it just happens without warning.
We all know that our days are numbered here on earth, in these bodies, within this level of existence. But in this human form with human emotions, and flawed logic, even though we know this to be true—we’re still not genuinely prepared and fully accepting of the reality that we all must transition, sooner than we wish for.
Jesus tried to prepare his disciples for the day of his transition. They clearly weren’t prepared, had doubt and reservations, and were even skeptical upon his return after being crucified.
In many ways it would appear that many of Jesus’s disciples merely saw him as a motivational speaker who somehow channeled God’s power to heal, and somehow some of them could perform some of those healings. Of the countless healings, not all of which are chronicled in the Bible, the fact that most followed him in doubt, just shows the flaws of humankind.
With doubt then, while he walked with them, why are we then surprised more than 2,000 years later that people would still doubt him and God? We clearly have doubt because we’re still trying to control things that we have no control over.
When Jesus tells the disciples not to be concerned with dates and time that only God sets and determines, and that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit, even in their anticipation there were possibly still strands of doubt in their minds. They still needed to see to believe. When he said they would be his witnesses throughout all of earth, there were most likely more than a handful who said to themselves, “and how is that possible when we haven’t even seen all of earth? How can we possibly witness at such great distance?”
Humans were told from the very beginning (of life as we know it) that all of this (life, death, God’s power, etc.) would be too much to comprehend, that we should just go with the flow and trust the process. But as descendants of Adam and Eve, I guess we will keep listening to the snake, believing that we can be equal to God (or somehow garner enough controlling power that we don’t have to rely upon Him for everything), biting the apple, and finding ourselves fully exposed and ignorant.
God is our Source for all that we need.
Even though I just typed that last sentence, and you will read it, the vast majority of us will still go on about our day thinking that we have some significant influence on the change in our lives. When the reality is, that only when we’re open and receptive do we receive—and what we receive, only comes from God’s will and grace. He determines and sets the dates and time for all.
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