Many times we might hear sermons on restoring but often than few will we hear God has replacements. People love to blame God about poor choices and decisions . The twisted side about people who are controlling they love to lie and say God will wait until they get through taking caring of self . When the bottom falls out they are in prayer and supplication. Telling God what they will do better next time if they get another chance. What is there is no next time?
How many times have we done things our way only to know it didn’t feel right and ignored that inner knowing and it blew up right in your face? Delayed obedience is disobedience. People love to have these wailing wall experiences but will allow their flesh to dictate! Moses, and Saul… are only two example how God can skip right over what you are doing to achieve his agenda. The reality is God doesn’t have to wait until you are done with you…there is always his same plan that might opt on some of your choices. That inner knowing is God speaking that many have learned to ignore. That is why we have discern when it’s time to hold or fold…
A TRUE STORY…
A young man then, who met this woman while they were children. They made this pact that they will stay together forever. To see these two people they say were almost inseparable in college. When you saw one you saw the other. However, he desired to be in ministry but for whatever reason as he reflects now. God didn’t want him to marry this woman. He began to make plans to start this church. Yet, God told him that the other woman was his wife. Of course, he said it was the “devil” because he could then do what he wanted.
He said he would have dreams of these children and this huge church. But in the dream I believe he knew God showed him his something else that he isn’t ready to share. So he kept that to himself. He saw someone different and thought he would change God’s mind. Delayed obedience is still disobedience!
Many times I have heard stories like this…They marry anyway and on the other side is tragedy! He said this… He thought that he was doing alright … but he did everything his way and told God his plans.
He was at a Conference some years back and remembered He met this other woman and God told him that was his wife. Yet he ignored it! He liked the woman he had. He was engaged to what he thought was the love of his life.
I still believe to this day…He kept out a lot about who he “wanted to marry versus who God chosen!
They were newly weds…preparing to have a family…This one particular rainy night they went to go out for dinner or something… Out of no where a car struck them… There was lots of blood he thought it was coming all from him. His fiance’ was pinned in the back with a hole in her gut. A pole went through her… her body was so badly torn there really was nothing to do but let her go.
He had a some kind of breakdown…because she died and he basically became this “bitter man”. He asked God … Why did that happen to him?… He saw children and this big church. Who he loved has just died, depression and what we wanted consumed him. No one could get through to him but this other woman he met at a Conference.
The woman shared that God told her that this particular man was her husband. She chuckled and said the “devil was talking to her” and asked for prayer from the intercessor. She kept having dreams about him coming back… She saw him and they hit it off… and he was so enthralled into putting his drunk driver in jail who murdered his wife. This actually consumer his life. He was determined that this man was going to pay. He had many obstacles that deterred his life… It was after what he had to learn just how disobedient and selfish he was…
To make this long story short… He did marry her and they have a family of three and have one of the largest mega churches in the country!
The point… The Pastor held on to what he felt was the greater plan… and took himself through unnecessary heartache… and loss more than he could really gain back… God healed him and restored him but not without the scar of tragedy. His new wife had followed God to the letter… that was the way he really sustained. Other than that he was left with scars of being disobedient. We love to blame the devil but I tell people often if you wouldn’t give him so much to work with he wouldn’t get the victory over you!
Maybe some things wouldn’t have happened to some of us who would make better choices. Whether the tragedy of his first wife was foreseen or not…
The reality is… The person God choose didn’t have the scars but she had more triumph. She gained it all… while he learned a painful lesson, not his first wife tragedy but the mere fact… God plans went on whether he liked it or not!
I would ask this question … What do you think might get replaced in your life all because you refuse to let something go?