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12/31/2023

EMBRACING GOD’S INTERRUPTIONS IN OUR LIVES


God has a tendency to show up and interrupt our lives and our plans. 


Psalm 115:3 “Our God is in heaven! He does whatever he pleases!”


God, as Sovereign God, has the right to interrupt our lives and our schedules and plans anytime He wants. 


Often He interrupts our lives because in our relationship with Him, we’ve grown cold, apathetic, lifeless, or lukewarm.  


These interruptions serve as a well-timed wake-up call to get our focus back on the eternal and important 


1 Samuel 8:4–9 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah. 8:5 They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.” 8:6 But this request displeased Samuel, for they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 8:7 The Lord said to Samuel, “Do everything the people request of you. For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is me that they have rejected as their king. 8:8 Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you. 8:9 So now do as they say. But seriously warn them and make them aware of the policies of the king who will rule over them.”


1 Sam. 16:7 “Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart”.


1 Sam. 15:10 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments”. 

 

1 Sam. 15:23b …Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king. 


1 Samuel 16:12 So Jesse had him brought in. Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go and anoint him. This is the one!”


It seemed like God’s interruption only resulted in pain and suffering in David’s life.


We know King David was called a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14) 


We know the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, traced His earthly lineage through King David (Matt. 1:1). 


We know the promise given David that his throne would be established forever: 2 Samuel 7:16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’ ”


Acts 9:3–5 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.


Paul spent the rest of his life living for Someone greater than himself-the Lord Jesus Christ and for his purpose for him.  


2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


2 Corinthians 12:1–4 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 


Luke 1:28 “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”. 


Luke 1:30-31 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus”.


Luke 1:34-35 “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”.


When God chooses to interrupt a life, we always have a choice. 


We can choose to accept His interruption and all that goes with it, good or bad. 


We can choose to reject His interruption and walk away mad and blaming God or others. 

God never forces His will on anyone. 


Luke 1:38 “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word”.

The greatest blessing a Christian can ever experience is God’s divine interruption into one’s life.  


God’s interruption means He wants to speak new truth to us, to lead us in a new direction, to infuse new purpose and meaning into our very lives.  


God’s interruption means He has chosen you, and me, to do something specifically designed by Him and for Him.


Don’t be afraid of His divine interruptions. 


There’s a great cost to be paid when God interrupts your life.  


It may mean, and it usually does, that He will compel you to go into “all the world” (Mark 16:15) to do and say things to people you never thought possible.  


He will usually move you out of your ease and comfort zone and into an area where you’ll be forced to trust Him, and Him alone, and not your own strengths.


2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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