Acts 1; Deuteronomy 11-12; Job 9
The disciples were naturally discouraged by the crucifixion. Their hopes and dreams were dashed as they watched the One they followed hanging on the cross. They had dreams. They had plans because of Him, and then they watched Him die. The Resurrection changed their despair into hope. I’m sure that when Jesus showed Himself to them that they began rehashing the old dreams of conquering Rome. “So when they met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’” (Acts 1:6) Jesus probably had more patience than to show them a facepalm, but I can’t help but imagine He began to wonder if they would ever get it. His kingdom was not to be a political kingdom. His kingdom was to rule in the hearts and minds of men. There will be a time when He comes back and rules as King…but not yet. The disciples never realized that purpose until the day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. How easy it is to try to rush things with God and impose our own desires on what we “know” about the Bible and God’s word. Just like the disciples we place our own understanding of what God says ahead of what He actually says. We rush God, seeking to get Him to bless our misconceptions. If God did facepalm, I’m sure that He would do it quite often as He watched me every day because I so often try to force things to happen my way, instead of letting God do things His way. Jesus prayed in the garden, “Father, not My will, but Thine be done.” How often do I act as if I’m praying, “Father, not Thy will, but mine be done.”
Lord God, You continue to be patient with me even when I am impatient. You continue to slow me down to Your timing when I seek to rush ahead of You. When I am dragging my feet in following You, You patiently pull me along. Give me the grace and understanding so that I will do Your will in Your time.