Delays and Reroutes

Sitting in an airport when you should be in the air naturally causes a you to think of delays. The flight was canceled, your plan was thrown off, and now you sit with hundreds of others who are complaining, fidgeting, and attempting to get their plans back on track. We experience small delays and reroutes every day: an ‘unnecessary’ stoplight, a long drive-through window, a broken alarm clock, a broken dishwasher. Each and every one of these are hiccups in what we would consider to be days that all went according to plan. No doubt we have all felt the sting of irritation and frustration as our well-thought-out journey comes to nought.

The Christian, however, must realize that his plans never fail. I do not mean to give the idea that if you trust God you will always succeed; I mean to say that, since the Christian’s ultimate goal is to glorify God, the Christian’s plan will always succeed. How do we know this? We know this because God has told us His plans never fail, and that He is working all of our lives in accordance with His plans:

The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,

the thoughts of his heart to all generations.   Psalm 33:11

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.   Romans 8:28-30

This means, then, that our detours and mishaps are not detours after all: they are all preplanned pitstops on our roads to glorifying God in all we do. Take heart, believer: you will arrive at your destination.

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