Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Daily Grace - Better Than Planned

Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned. Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: sickness, conflict, traffic jams, forgetfulness, appliance malfunctions, rudeness, laziness, impatience, incompetence.

What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has no purpose other than to discourage us, make life more difficult, and thwart our plans. However, inconvenience could be God's way of protecting us from some unseen danger, or it could be an opportunity to demonstrate God's grace and forgiveness. It might be the start of something better than we had planned. Or it could be a test to see how we respond to adversity.

Whatever it is, even though we may not know God's reason, we can be assured of His motive. It is to make us more like Jesus and to further His Kingdom on earth. To say that God's followers throughout history have been "inconvenienced" would be an understatement. But God had a purpose. Knowing this, we can thank Him, being confident that He is giving us an opportunity to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16-20). What happens to us is not nearly as important as what God does in us and through us.