Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Obeying God’s Schedule - Martin Wiles

Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:22 NLT

Schedules are made to be broken.

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, I’m a judger. I like structure and organization. While I can be spontaneous on occasion, it’s not my preferred way of life. I’m also time conscious. I’ve been wearing a watch since I was in first grade. Schedules are important, and I like to be ahead of time for whatever the agenda holds. Keeping and checking off a list gives me an adrenaline rush. In college, I completed all my projects ahead of time. Some of these traits were inborn, but being the firstborn child and living with parents who had similar traits made it certain I’d be a judger. 

John’s gospel, especially, makes it evident that Jesus journeyed on a divine schedule. Many were told not to tell that he had healed them or cast out their demons simply because Jesus didn’t want his ministry to end prematurely. While the woman touching him may appear as an interruption from a human point of view, from God’s it wasn’t. Jesus was open to God’s interruptions. 

God’s schedule is more important than any schedule I can build on my day planner, computer calendar, or IPhone calendar. Rigidity will cause me to miss opportunities God puts in my path. Like Jesus, change must be my friend—whether it makes me comfortable or not. Some of life’s greatest opportunities arise in the midst of change and uncomfortableness. What may appear as interruptions to me can very well be God ordained appointments. Only as I avail myself of these—and with an attitude of love and acceptance, can I live life to the fullest. 

Jesus took many opportunities to get away for private time with his Father. Prayer was the lifeblood of his ministry and also the key to following his father’s divine timetable. By following his pattern, I too can achieve the same success. 

Are you open to God’s schedule—even when it conflicts with yours?

Prayer: Father in heaven, give us eyes to see Your schedule and the faith to obey it. 
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