Sometimes we don’t realize that when we are in a hurry, we rush ourselves into something down the road that could hurt us.
This applies to even those who often are in a hurry to leave church, to leave the presence of the Lord to go and do something of less importance that can wait until the dismissal of the worship service. We all know that that there are folks who won’t wait until the benediction, the official dismissal from the presence of God, before they rush out of God’s house to go home to watch a ball game, go out to eat dinner somewhere, walk around Food Lion or Wal-Mart — or just stand around outside the church and socialize. I know that sometimes folks leave church early for legitimate reasons, but this is the exception to the rule.
Sometimes the Lord will delay the worship service because he knows that there is danger in the direction that we are headed in. The same thing applies to the spiritual realm.
I believe in divine appointments. I believe that God orders the affairs of the world and that he orders the steps of his children (Psalms 37:23). I also believe that angels those ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14) are on assignment to the children of God, that they are dispatched to intervene on our behalf to protect us at certain times and in certain places.
I also believe that he orders relationships as well. How many of us are so grateful that the Lord took certain men and women out of our lives that were just not good for us? That man or that woman that we thought that we were so in love with and could not do without turned out to be anything but, and now they are gone and you say good riddance and “thank you Jesus!”
My assignment with this column is to cause us to see God’s hand in inconveniences, changes of plans, detours and delays; to cause us to see that when these things happens, maybe God has another direction that he wants to take us that will be beneficial to us and will work for his glory.
Paul the apostle in his missionary journeys tried to enter new territory for the Lord in Acts chapter 16 but the Lord closed the door and re-directed him. And we can well imagine that Paul was disappointed and perhaps a bit discouraged. I know what it feels like to have doors closed in your face, to do the right thing just to have something to shut down on you, to be re-directed to another place.
But when God closes a door it is for the best. There are certain people you don’t need in your life and there are certain places you don’t need to be going. Whenever God overrules you on something, follow providence and let God have his way!
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.