Life Interrupted

Part 1: Embracing Interruptions

July 5, 2020
Libin Abraham, Pastor of Multi-Site – SCBC

INTRODUCTION

• What we know: God is still in control.

• Psalm 103:19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything (NLT)

• What we may not know: If God is in control, then why does my life seem out of control? How do I reconcile my life’s interruptions with God’s sovereignty? How does 2020 fit into God’s perfect plan?

• Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (NIV) 

1. We can count on our plans to change, but we can also count on God’s purpose to prevail!

• Isaiah 14:24 Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen. (NIV)

• Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (NIV)

• God’s purpose for you does not change even when your circumstances change.

2. At times, God has to interrupt our plans in order to align us to his purpose.

• We make plans for our life with finite understanding, but God fashions his purpose for us with infinite wisdom. We make plans with limited knowledge and short-term perspective, but God is all-knowing and fashions his purpose for us having seen the end from the beginning and everything in between.

• Romans 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35 Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

• Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

• Interruptions are not obstacles to our plans; they are opportunities for us to fully embrace God’s plan for our life.

• “The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination!” – C.S. Lewis

What could be God’s prevailing purpose in the interruption of your life?

Life’s interruption may actually be God’s intervention for our Redirection.

 

3. While God’s Purpose will always be better than our plans, the Process may be harder than we imagined.

• Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

• Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.

• It is true that God’s ways are higher than our ways. But it is also true that his ways may be harder than our ways. God’s purposes will be better than our plans, but his process may take longer, require more sacrifice, call for more endurance and ask for more trust. While God’s promises are good, His process may not make sense to us in the moment.