Another long day of hard work is in the books. You did something that you can feel good about today, but as you begin to relax you feel as though something is missing. You are struck with the realization that among the hustle and bustle of life’s routine circumstances, you have been cut off from the presence of God, your mind rarely aware of His constant beckoning. You miss Him.
How does this happen? You have a wonderful time of prayer in the morning before beginning your day. You worship, repent, and cast your cares on the Lord. But somewhere between morning prayer and evening time the presence of God is forgotten for the present circumstances.
It is something I find myself resisting everyday. I don’t want to come to the end of a day, whether it was a good day or a bad day, and realize that I have been so busy that I was completely disconnected from Him. How do I avoid that?
I want to invite Him in to every situation, every interaction. I want to turn every problem into a prayer and every opportunity into a prayer. Regardless of how big or small the problem or the opportunity may seem to me, I want Jesus to be a part of it.
When God allows your enemy to linger, you can rest assured that it is for your good. If you are obeying the Lord and you run into an obstacle, know that God will use your obstacle as an instrument of blessing. If God has given you a promise but all you see is a problem, trust that God is using the problem to fulfill the promise.
As the Israelites found themselves in the wilderness between their captivity and their promise, they received a word from the Lord (Exodus 23). He assured them that He was going to bring them into their promise but presently, their promise was possessed by their problems. “Don’t be concerned about the problems,” he told them, “ I will take care of the problems.” However, God wasn’t going to do it like man would do it; He had a plan for the problem.
God told them that He was not going to drive their enemy out in one fast and fatal campaign because if He did, the land would become desolate and the animals of the field would become too numerous. God had a different plan for Israel’s enemies, He was going to drive them out little by little so that they could prepare the promise for His people.
Israel’s enemies were not in the land to defeat them. They were there to bless them. God told His people that they were going to live in houses and cities that they had not built and they were going to eat from vineyards that they had not planted. Who do you think was going to build their houses? Who do you think was going to plant their vineyards? Their enemy was!
Have faith! Take your eyes off of your enemy. Stop focusing on your obstacle. Don’t worry about your problem; God is using your problem to fulfill His promise!