God Is Sovereign over Delays

“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

rabiulis, Flickr Commons; traffic jam

rabiulis, Flickr Commons; traffic jam

I cannot take credit for the fact that a friend sent this to me in the midst of a wait that is testing my patience. OK, so I know it, it’s basic growth and experience—in the end God chooses the best path for His purpose. Even so, the timeliness of this post had me sit up and say, “Yes God, I hear You. Thank you.”

Irritation, frustration, anger; all are tapping on my mind when the following text appears in my inbox:

No one likes to wait, but have you ever wondered why? It’s because delays show us that we are not in control. Someone or something else is calling the shots. Although we may be able to identify the immediate cause–like a traffic light or the long checkout line–ultimately the One who controls all our delays is the Lord. Since He is sovereign over everything in heaven and on earth, even our time and schedules are in His hands.

This means that in every delay, we are actually waiting for God in one way or another. You might have thought that the expression “waiting upon the Lord” applies only to seeking guidance from Him or an answer to prayer. But it can mean so much more when you remember that He controls all your day-to-day inconveniences and frustrations.

In the Christian life, learning to wait is vitally important because until you do, you’ll never be able to walk in obedience to God, have an effective prayer life, or experience the peace of resting in His loving sovereignty. We must learn to trust His judgment–about not just the big events in our lives, but also the trivial ones which cause us to become irritated, impatient, or even angry. If we’re sensitive to His instruction, each delay has a lesson.

The next time you face an unexpected or unwanted wait, remember that it comes as no surprise to God. He wants to teach you patience and increase your faith. He’s more interested in developing godly character than He is in making sure your schedule runs according to your plans.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit http://www.intouch.org.

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Day 13; Mary did you know?

Mark Lowry truly hit the mark when he wrote the lyrics for Mary Did You Know, and now CeeLo Green has recorded this recent classic, as voiced in the video. I just love to dig behind the scenes and find out those little nuggets of information on the how, who and why a creative piece is accomplished! Mark took roughly over seven years to write the lyrics for Mary Did You Know, initially born when he was writing a Christmas play for his church.13_christmas-countdown

I started thinking & wondering if Mary realized the power, authority & majesty that she cradled in her arms that first Christmas. I wondered if she realized those little hands were the same hands that scooped out oceans & formed rivers. I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary…you know, “What was it like raising God?” “…What did you know?” “…What didn’t you know?”. Over time, it (the song) just happened & I had the lyric.¹

Mark held on to the lyrics, bypassing attempts of musicians that composed music to accompany his lyrics, until he handed them over to Buddy Greene. Buddy composed the music in 30 minutes.

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.  Habakkuk 2:3 ESV

Mark Lowry knew from the time of inception the lyrics would be a song.¹ His faith led him to pass up drafts from other musicians for music written that would fit perfectly with the lyrics he cradled. God gave Mark Lowry a vision and he nurtured it until its appointed time. The verse in Habakkuk tells us that even if time passes slowly for us, God is moving and to be confident in this!

Lord, open our ears to hear your voice and make plain Your vision in our lives. Reveal Your plans for us and we will write them down to share with our families. Help us not to become weary in the journey but instead, nurture Your vision and cradle it until it comes to pass. Help to strengthen our Faith to move us forward in patience and confidence. We trust in  You, Amen.

¹http://absolutelygospel.com/index.php?/content/articles/13422

A Little Fruit and Art—Sorry, No Wine

REJOYCIN' Fruit of the Spirit_Denise Cotter

I developed this illustration highlighting the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22, 23— note fruit is singular and not plural. The apostle Paul writes, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Listed first is “Love” … Continue reading