The Father is the one
who sets the fixed dates
and the times of their fulfillment
- Acts 1:7
Today's Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 12:32, Acts 1:6-7
A few months ago, during my personal Bible study, I read about the sons of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12. Verse 32 says, “From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” Like every other time I had come across that scripture, it read to me as a part of the Bible talking about people who knew the importance and the reality of right timing. However, the verse I read prior to that was Acts 1:6-7 which says,
“Every time they were gathered together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is it the time now for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He answered, “The Father is the one who sets the fixed dates and the times of their fulfillment. You are not permitted to know the timing of all that he has prepared by his own authority.” Acts 1:6-7 TPT
Now, I had a question. If we are not permitted to know “timing”, how then do we explain what happened with the sons of Issachar? The Holy Spirit made me understand that what these men had was an UNDERSTANDING of times and seasons. This means that when they found themselves in a particular time and season, they “adjusted accordingly.” Verse 8 of Acts 1 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
So, in our dispensation today, while Acts specifically refers to the Second Coming, we can also apply Jesus’ words to our lives. We may not know the “when’s” of our lives in terms of when God wants to bring us to particular phases, but we have to trust that the Holy Spirit on the inside of us will empower us with understanding and grace for the present phases of our lives.
Yes, an understanding of the times and seasons of our lives is not the ability to predict the fixed dates of our miracles; rather, it is the willingness to partner with the Holy Spirit to know where we are in God’s Plan and what we ought to do.
Action Point: Rather than complain/rejoice about your present phase or try to figure out life on your own, ask the Holy Spirit to give you an understanding of where you are right now and what He wants you to do. Pay attention to His responses.