Acts 1:7 God’s Timetable #142

Acts 1 begins with Peter’s ministry. Verse 6 starts off with the disciples wondering about the kingdom, as they often had before. After they asked the Lord when he would restore the kingdom, Jesus replied in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”

Just as held true in these verses, God still sets the timetable for every event. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, his ways are higher than yours (Isaiah 55:9). Which means you will never fully be able to understand what he is doing or when he will do it. Can you imagine if you knew God’s every move before he even made it? Then you would be God, right? The purpose isn’t to understand all of God’s ways, but instead he doesn’t give you all the details so you will have to trust him in every situation you face.

I love what the message translation of this verse says, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit.” God has empowered you with his Spirit for the wisdom you need to make decisions for the future. The rest is completely up to him.

When the disciples inquired about what the future held, Jesus didn’t rebuke the disciples, but instead told them that it wasn’t for them to know. While there is nothing wrong with wondering when God will make the next move, don’t become impatient. Trust that he knows what he is doing.

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  • Rachael
    Posted at 12:08h, 25 July Reply

    Not being in the know for the time table of my life is a relief. lol! This is, as always, a great post! I love your writing! 🙂

  • Brittney Moses
    Posted at 12:16h, 25 July Reply

    I’m in a season where I definitely am wanting a number of things to happen on my timetable. What a great reminder to let God work. Thanks for this!

  • Elizabeth Marshall
    Posted at 12:38h, 25 July Reply

    Oh my! This is such an area of struggle for me. I am a planner at heart and I like to know what is going to happen next. Waiting and trusting in the Lord’s timeline has always been an area that I am weak in. Thank you for sharing this reminder.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 13:00h, 25 July Reply

    Ooh, I like the message translation too! Sometimes I kid myself into believing that I want to know the timetable for a number of events in my life, but in all honesty, it’s definitely better that I don’t know. Thanks for the gentle reminder here.

  • Vanessa Raphael
    Posted at 15:21h, 25 July Reply

    Thanks for the reminder of trusting God and that’s the only way 🙂

  • De Bolton
    Posted at 15:29h, 25 July Reply

    I just finished a 2 year season where I was ready for my schedule to be handed to me and highlight the important dates. It never came but directions,guidance,answers and comfort during the season was given to me in abundance. Hindsight if I would of had a timetable I wouldn’t have grown during the wait.

  • Matilda
    Posted at 16:04h, 25 July Reply

    In his own wisdom God chosen to withhold certain information from us. In 1 Corinthians 13:9-10, the bible tells us ” 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Patience and trust in the Lord is key.

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 17:07h, 25 July Reply

    So true theres nothing wrong with curiosity as long as it doesnt road block our trust in Christ.

  • Sarah Jane
    Posted at 21:01h, 25 July Reply

    It’s always good to remember that my desires and expectations are not always the same of God’s plan.

  • Tara
    Posted at 22:00h, 25 July Reply

    Jesus having better timing than me is something I have had to trust my whole life. I am always amazed at people that plan and have everything work out just as they had planned. Nothing happened on my time table. I wouldn’t change a thing though!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 20:35h, 26 July Reply

    I’d panic if I knew what time everything would happen. God is wise in everything, but this is certainly one way He shows it. Knowing that God knows my life in advance is comforting though.

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