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Interruptions, delays, disruptions, pauses, and stoppages.

 

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:20

 

Interruptions, delays, disruptions, pauses, and stoppages are never convenient for any of us. With everything planned out, the day’s agenda aligned, suddenly your flight is changed, road construction slows you down, the unneeded phone call from the last person you wanted to talk with rings in, and everything on your schedule goes into jockeying mode.

The chaos of rearranging and making connections ensues. Everything was riding on this meeting, summit, conference, or consultation, and now you’re interrupted, delayed, disrupted, and maybe even stopped entirely. I understand the feeling of disappointment, frustration, and dissatisfaction from hindrances and difficulties coming your way.

In Genesis 37, Joseph told his brothers of his dream of them, his father, and mother bowing to him while he was standing in his coat of many colors. It’s interesting how God never showed him the pit, being pulled out by Midianites and sold to the Ishmaelites for 20 shekels of silver, while his own brothers conspired to off him.

Taken to Egypt, sold to Potiphar, lied about by Potiphar’s wife and sent to prison, his life was interrupted again. Without the interruptions, he would have never met the baker and butler and been brought before Pharaoh, only to be placed in a position of power to save Israel in the time of famine.

So, slow down! Your interruption maybe your intervention. Ask God who it is and what He is changing in the outcome of your day’s agenda (that you thought was so perfect). On your next flight, you may be sitting by the biggest client or connection that will change your and your family’s future.

The person you meet at the door of the building as you are hurrying to your next appointment may have a need that only you can minister to. The delay in traffic may have spared you from a life-threatening accident.

Our prayer for you today: May you come to realize, like Joseph, that this interruption may have just become your intervention.  

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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