Sunday, June 29, 2008

Delayed, But Not Denied

There are times that we may plan for everything to go according to our program, and then we are hit with an unexpected delay. The first thing that we may want to do is to blame it on the devil. There may be times that we are scheduled to dance and we may encounter a flat tire, a car accident, a car that won't start, or other delay. The key is to stay focused on the Lord so that our mission is not aborted.

Come what may, we should be able to praise the Lord and give thanks in everything. Adversity helps us to know that the Lord will surely deliver us out of all of our afflictions. Facing different storms allows us to have diversity in our song selection and sensitivity to the struggles of others, because we are able to relate to a variety of life situations. We also learn how to trust the Lord in the fire.

We must not allow ourselves to give the enemy any credit when we are hit with surprise delays and setbacks. Let us ask the Lord to teach us how to see Him at work in all that we face. When we do this, we will continue to bless Him at all times.

Genesis 24:56 (NKJV)
And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the LORD has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.”

Romans 1:13 (NKJV)
Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.

1 Thessalonians 2:18 (NKJV)
Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.

1 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV)
But if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct

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