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God’s Timetable

  

God told the children of Israel that they couldn’t enter Canaan until the oldest generations had passed away.

So why didn’t they just kill those folks to get there faster? Wouldn’t that have worked?

I’m sure you are thinking “no!!”; rightly so. 

The Children knew that if they killed the people they would be going against God’s law “thou shalt not kill”.

They wouldn’t be rewarded for wrongdoing. It wouldn’t have helped out. It would have made it worse. 

Put that on a small scale. 

How often do we take matters into our own hands even when it goes directly against God’s will? What do we wrongfully compromise to get an intended end result?

It won’t work in your favor. 

Follow God’s guiding throughout the entire journey. His will, and timetable, are always perfect. 

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Hindsight is 20/20

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Romans 8:28

Matthew 17:9-13

Have you ever experienced the “lump in your throat” feeling? The one where you are completely shocked or caught off guard so much that your body seems to physically react to the news you’ve just received?

I’m thinking that Peter, James and John reacted in that way when Jesus revealed to them that Elijah had already come in the form of John the Baptist.

You see they had been listening to Christ foretell his death for awhile now. Naturally they didn’t want to accept this. So they had convinced themselves it wasn’t true and were working on persuading Jesus to stop mentioning this prophecy that he spoke of.

But then their opinion changed when they descended from the mountain after the transfiguration of Christ. Now they accepted that their Jesus would be crucified, but they were determined to put it off for as long as possible.

“Well Elijah has to come first and prepare the way before you can face death…” they said to him.

“He has.” replied Jesus.

And that’s when the lump formed…when they recalled John the Baptist’s ministry…when it dawned on them that John was the Elijah that the scribes had spoken of.

Unbeknownst to them that piece of the puzzle had already been completed.

It was devastating news to the disciples. In their minds Jesus’ efficiency just meant sooner turmoil.

But it was needful to happen when it did. And Christ’s timing was perfect just as it still is today.

When we don’t realize what is going on around us remember that Jesus has it under control. He has gone before us and has already laid the groundwork to work things out for our good.

All Part of the Plan

Romans 8:28

The heckler walked alongside King David and his men. He threw stones at him. He cursed him. He made false accusations against him.

But David didn’t focus on the heckler. He didn’t even respond to the man. He wouldn’t allow his men to retaliate either.

Instead King David kept his focus on God. He trusted that God was aware of what was going on and that He would turn this evil into good.

If you’re going through a period of hurt, frustration or bitterness don’t allow your flesh to get the best of you. Keep your focus on Jesus and being part of His plan. He’ll work all things to your good.

Exceeding Expectations

Isaiah 61:3

Israel, formerly Jacob, cried tears of sorrow. He had just determined that his youngest son, Joseph had been mulled to death by an animal. He refused to be comforted. Instead he said, “I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning.”

Years later Israel’s life was coming to an end. With dim vision he looked upon his son Joseph and his two grandsons. Israel spoke to Joseph. He said, “I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed.”

In this time of joy Israel had remembered the time of sadness…not to dwell on it bitterly, but to recognize God’s sovereign plan.

If we couple our times of gladness with the acknowledgement that God is the one in control, how much more would we enjoy the blessings of The Lord?

Remember what The Lord has done for you.

Praise Him for His guidance in your life…for the blessings that you thought were impossible.

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