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In God’s Time

After graduating from college, Shellie and I had a desire to teach overseas. We began exploring different opportunities but in the end took teaching jobs in the Chicago area. One of the things we learned following Jesus is to trust His timing. During Jesus’ ministry, He always waited for the right time.

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John 4:1

Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John.

Curious

The Pharisees had taken an interest in John the Baptist (John 1:19). Yet now Jesus was baptizing more than John. They became equally curious about Him.

John 4:2

(though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).

Under God’s authority

Jesus himself did not do the baptizing but the disciples did under His authority. The value of baptism is not found in the baptizer but in the One whose name the rite is administered, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

John 4:3

So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

The right time

Jesus withdrew from Judea and set out for Galilee before a confrontation could occur with religious leaders. The timing was not right.

God’s time

When it comes to the work of God, His will and His way is not only involved but also His time.”

According to God’s will and way Jesus would die on the cross. Just as important was the timing. Jesus needed time to train His disciples so they could carry on the work after His resurrection and ascension into heaven.

Leaving America

After teaching in Chicagoland a number of years, Shellie and I began working with an international school in Khartoum, Sudan. We trusted God’s timing and He led us to a great school that we were able to lead for a few years. Our experience in Africa changed us forever, moving us from a routine to radical life, dedicated to God’s glory among the nations.

In pursuing the will and way of God, trust in His timing as well.

The challenge

Pursue God’s will, way, and timing for everything. Allow Him to order your steps and make your path straight.

How has God’s timing made a difference in your life? Share your comments below.

The Veil of Routine

This week’s blog post comes from my wife, Shellie. She has been working on a 21-day devotional related to different veils we have in life and their ability to cause us to miss God. She will be taking the next 9 weeks to share her entries and get feedback as she completes the formatting of her book. We appreciate any comments you may wish to share.

“But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NLT)

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The checklist

Get dressed. Check. Eat breakfast. Check. Read email. Check. Have devotions. Check. Sound familiar?  It’s called routine. Most people have them. Some live a rigid lifestyle, keeping strictly to a routine. In many ways life is made to live routinely. Important details are better remembered by living this way. You must examine, however, how rigidly you hold to routines and be careful to not dismiss divine interruptions.

Missing God moments

This is a complex veil. Are you veiled by routine? Have God moments been missed by a personal list of items? Are you placing your own schedule above God’s agenda? Will you trust God with your life, including your plans?

The challenge

Ask God to remove the veil of routine from your life. Have God prioritize your routine and seek His agenda.

How has the veil of routine affected you? Share your comments below.