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“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
There are many times in our lives we find ourselves chugging along when something from our past smacks us in the face. This could be old habits, relationships, or just simply stinking thinking. Whatever it may be, it deters us from the ultimate plan or what God has in store for us. After reading this passage again this week, it had a whole new meaning for me and I hope by sharing with you it does for you as well.
As I was struggling this week with smoking cigarettes I needed this scripture to help me abort the destructive mission I was about to partake in. I remember describing the action to a friend as “sifting through the trash God has already cleaned up.” You see God delivered me from smoking back in August and for unknown reason I had a craving and a urge. I regretfully gave in for 3 weeks. I prayed by myself, I prayed with friends, and I tried to quit again. Somehow this stronghold was back and I could not shake it.That was until one day I was so sick. I did not know why but I felt completely horrible. I prayed again but this time earnestly because I wanted God to know I could not go through this again.
He spoke to me and reminded me of this scripture. I immediately felt calmer and slept the rest of the day. I have not smoked since. I know God is trying to do something new in my life and I must get out of His way to allow it to happen. I ask if there are things or people in your life that you know are stopping you from going to the next level or God already removed them from your life…..don’t go back….Can’t you see He is doing something new for you?
One thing I am really learning with reconnecting with God is that He wants to be involved. He wants me to know He is providing all things.
It’s amazing the things He does and how He makes things happen that you can’t explain.
I now know this is because He doesn’t want it to be confused. He is the Provider, Supplier, and Director of this thing called life.
I was hired at Dulles Airport working for United Airlines. I was so happy for that position. The only thing is it took months to do the interview process. I decided to apply for a temporary position until my position began.
I went to the interview under the impression it would start the next day. After interviewing, I thanked them for the opportunity and allowing me to find out more about the organization. It didn’t work because the position I was filling would start for 3 days and then I would return once the employee’s wife had her baby.
Well 2 hours later I received a phone call that they had another position specifically for ME! I began that position August 6th. That same morning someone broke my window to my car and stole my wallet. To me, this meant this was the job God had for me and the devil was trying to detour me.
The reason I gave you this background information was to let you know how God wants his hand in everything. I turned down the position at the airport because this one paid more, was metro accessible, working for a purpose, learning the non profit environment, the co workers, and the opportunities for growth. I just showed up. I thought it was over because they did not fit my criteria, but I fit theirs!
I say this to share that I love my job and last week I applied for a permanent position. A co worker advised me to look into the Jabez Prayer. Boy am I glad I did! I took 30 minutes to meditate on this and pray for God’s guidance and hand in the decision
The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.