Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good to those who hope in him to those who seek him. It is good to wait quietly for the Lord to save.”
1. Never put a period where God puts a comma.
2. Never put a comma where God puts a period.
As Christians we are taught to have faith in God, let Him lead our lives, trust He will see us through each day, right?
The Bible is full of scripture and stories of those who let God lead, gave Him the reins and fully trusted their lives in His hands.
So why is it so hard for us today to give our lives to Christ, letting Him make our decisions or at least guide us in the right decisions. Perhaps we have forgotten the simple grammar lesson.
Sometimes God asks us to wait. This is when He places a comma in our lives.
This isn’t God saying no but with everything at our fingertips it’s so hard waiting. We have become accustomed to “now” and we get it.
When this happens, we need to patiently wait. Jeremiah 29:11 God has said He knows the plans for our lives to prosper us. So why do we need to rush ahead of God’s plans? If He has put the comma there and we feel directed on that path, we need to stay on the path and persevere. Galatians 6:9 tells us to not become weary of doing good, in God’s time we will reap a harvest. James 1:12 adds, those who persevere will receive a crown of life. Ecclesiastes 3:11, ‘He has made everything beautiful in His time’.
Let us be patient through life's commas, hold fast to faith and trust in our God.
On the other side of things, there will be times God will bring things to an end and place a period in our lives.
You have heard the saying, “When God closes the door don’t try to climb through a window.”
This is a hard pill to swallow at times. If God knows our lives from beginning to end and already has our path lit up for us, shouldn’t we trust there is a good reason the door closed?
There is never only one path in your life, after all Edison failed 999 times before the 1,000th time when he created the light bulb. If God puts a period in your life you can guarantee He has many other open doors waiting for you to walk through.
We need to move forward boldly trusting God. Philippians 3:13-14, ‘Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.’. Isaiah 43:18, ‘Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. Proverbs 3:5-6, trust the Lord, He will direct your paths. Isaiah 48:17, ‘This is what the Lord, who saves you, the Holy One of Israel, says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to do what is good, who leads you in the way you should go.’.
Periods or commas, when you build your life with Christ at the center you will know the differences. Now it comes down to accepting God’s answers when you seek Him and allowing Him to lead your life. Make your plans, do the things that need to be done and have fun but always include God and watch your blessings overflow. Even in the hard times, there will be a day when you will see the reasons.
The Lord only wants the best for us, we are His children. He will, like any parent, guide and help us when we let Him in.
Today, are you trying to climb through a window? Maybe you’re on the path of patience, waiting. Remember, God’s got this, and we just have to have faith and trust.
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