Saturday, February 13, 2021

Why Does God Always Seem to Show Up at the Last Minute?


It seems so, doesn't it?

That God shows up at the last minute.

Just when your soul is depleted, your energy's gone, your heart's bereft, you're broke, you're broken, your relationships are broken, you're defeated, you're ill, that God seems to show up.

Might it not be because you've finally surrendered?

That you've finally decided, you need God's divine help?

That your human efforts have failed you?

That you're now ready to be helped, and corrected?

The moment you surrender to God is the day He can step in and help you.

That is God's golden opportunity to show you something.

The Bible shows that God does TWO things:

1. When people need help, God does this.

Ezekiel 20:42 

King James Version

42 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, 

when I shall bring you into the land of Israel

into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand 

to give it to your fathers.

2. When people are rebellious, God does this.

Ezekiel 33:29 

King James Version

29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, 

when I have laid the land most desolate 

because of all their abominations 

which they have committed.

The common denominator?

"And ye shall know that I am the Lord."

On, and on, God reminds us of that.

And on, and on, people refuse listen, nor acknowledge His power over our lives.

When God allows a situation, He's making a statement.

When God helps, He's making a statement.

When God punishes, He's making a statement.

So we shall know that He is the Lord.

Still, the lessons don't stick.

Does it really have to be this way?

That we suffer first, before God helps us?

Of course, how else can God step in, until the fullness of our actions have borne fruit, or destroyed the fruit?

After all, how many people listen to the Lord?

How many people pay attention to the teachings of Jesus?

What else would it take for us to surrender to God, shame-faced, and repentant, at our foolishness?

It's human nature to be ungrateful, and forgetful.

When all is well, we forget God.

When all goes south , we seek God.

It's only when we've lost all hope, do we remember God.

It's only when we're in near-panic, do we seek God's help.

We must not test the Lord.

Matthew 4:7 

King James Version

7 Jesus said unto him, 

It is written again, 

Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

God always shows up at the last minute, because we only seek Him at the last minute.

When the Lord knows we've raised our white flags in complete humility, and surrender, He effortlessly steps in.

Once you've become born again, you realize the GRIEF we cause God, the FOLLY we bring upon our own lives, and the FUTILITY of rebellion against the ONLY POWER there is.

Malachi 3:6 

King James Version

6 For I am the Lord, 

I change not

therefore ye sons of Jacob 

are not consumed.

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Updated 13 March 2022


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