Thursday, January 26, 2017

Channel Surfing

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish.  Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther 4:14 (NKJV)

Years ago there were not so many channels to choose from, but today with satellite, cable, and even the Internet, there are many, many channels to choose from when you want to watch something on television.  There have been times that I knew that some movie or sporting event was going to be on television, but I did not know or remember what channel it would be on.  So, what I had to do was some "channel surfing".  I would look through all of the available channels to find what I wanted to watch.  If I did not find what I was looking for on one channel I did not stop, I just keep looking through the channels until I found what I was looking for.

Everything in the Christian life operates by faith.  Starting with salvation, we receive all of the things that God has provided by faith in God and His Word.  But, what happens when we take a stand in faith about something and we don't see the results when we want or the way we want?  What often happens is that we give up and "unhook" from our faith.  But, instead of giving up we should keep on expecting the answer to come, even though we did not find what we were looking for where and how we thought we would find it.  Just because we did not get an answer when or how we thought we would does not mean that the answer is not on the way.

While there are some specific answers to prayer that we need, there are times that we miss our answer and the help we seek because we are looking for the wrong thing or we are looking in the wrong place.  Instead of just looking at one "channel" for our answer to come through we need to keep ourselves open to whatever source God may choose to use.  Like Mordecai told Esther, deliverance will come, the answer will come, and if it does not come one way then we can be sure that God will bring it some other way.  God will work to help us, but we may need to look beyond our regular channel to find the answer we are looking for. 

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