February 16, 2024

Divine Interruptions

Shortly after joining the Navy, a recruit asked his officer for a pass to attend a wedding. The officer agreed but informed the young man he’d have to be back by 7 p.m. on Sunday. “You don’t understand, sir,” said the recruit. “I’m in the wedding.”  “No, you don’t understand,” the officer shot back. “You’re in the Navy!” Don’t you just hate it when someone interrupts your plans?

When it comes to joining God in the work He’s doing around us, we have to learn how to embrace Divine interruptions. Think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. God interrupted her life with the news she’d found favor with Him and that He had a job for her do. Think about Philip the Evangelist, who we talked about last week. God interrupted his ministry plans in Samaria and told him to go to the road leading south out of Jerusalem where He was at work. Had Philip ignored this Divine interruption, he would have missed the privilege and joy of leading the Ethiopian man to Christ.  

When it comes to Divine interruptions, every believer needs to ask a personal question – Does God have the right to interrupt my life?

Have you ever wondered what it is that differentiates the believer who says, “Yes, Lord” to a Divine interruptions, from another believer who responds, “Not now, Lord.”  That’s what we’ll consider this coming Sunday. I encourage you to pray into that question and consider the passage below as you do.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:8-9)

Still learning how to respond to Divine interruptions,

pastor jamie