Interrupt verb (used with object)
1.to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
2.to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something
3.to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something
Pastor Mark (head pastor at Fowlerville United Brethren Church) has been laying it thick on my heart (I don’t think it’s intentional, God’s been laying it thick on his heart). We talked the other day about interruption. How we should be more grateful when God interrupts our plans, because he wants to fix them, and bless us more than we can fathom.
How can he lead us down the right path, when we won’t even take a breath long enough for him to get in a word edgewise? If you have your fingers in your ears and your charging down the path you’ve chosen, how would you know if God wanted to interrupt you right before you fell into a hole?
He’s a gentleman, if you want to charge forward and fall in that hole, that is your free will to do so. He will politely tap you on the shoulder and suggest the opposite direction, but he will never force you away from the hole. YOU have to decide to follow Him away from the hole. Do you trust what you’ve decided, or do you trust that God wants to take you somewhere better? By the way, you won’t know it’s a hole, because the opposition has put a shiney mirrage over that hole to make you think it’s something awesome like a new bike or a promotion or a super model. You can say what you want, but the opposition exists, and he has a complex.
We’re doing a series in church called Jonah: Man on the Run. I highly suggest either dropping by to see us, or going to the website and listening to the sermons. (The link is above to listen in)
How does Jonah tie in to interruption? Well, Jonah was wandering along, doing his thing, when God asked him to go preach to a group of people he was pretty upset with. Jonah said nuh uh, and got on the first boat as far away from Nineveh (where he was supposed to preach) that he could. In fact, according to Biblical standards, he ran to the other side of the earth (which in that time, would have been Spain, the end of the trading route). Well, you know, God was pretty upset that Jonah was upset and being disobedient. A storm tossed the boat around like a toy in a tub, and finally Jonah realized he was the reason these people in the boat were suffering. He had them throw him overboard, and a fish swallowed him. After his time out and deciding God’s interruption wasn’t so bad, he went on to do what he was asked. He went on to Nineveh, and the stories of his journey proceeded him there. The king declared a state of emergency, and they all cried out to the Lord.
Poor Jonah just didn’t know what he was in for when he said nuh uh to preaching in Nineveh. I try to keep this in mind when the Lord asks things of me. Just do it, and then he won’t have to do it himself and get you out of the situation you walked into.