A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Interruptions as Divine Intrusions

Rick Warren in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, writes, �Servants see interruptions as divine appointments for ministry and are happy for the opportunity to practice serving� (p. 259). The truth of the matter is, most of us hate interruptions unless we doing something we do not like. We like our routine, we need to get things done, and interruptions are nothing more than intrusions.

But when one reads through the Bible, God calls people not in the routine of the day, but in the intrusions. God intruded upon Abraham�s retirement calling him to go west to land he had never seen. God intruded upon Amos in the sycamore grove as he was going about his pruning of trees, calling him to preach his word to the people of Israel. Jesus called James and John out of their fishing boats attending to the day�s catch, so that they would follow him. Jesus called Paul on the Damascus Road as he was going about the routine of arresting Christians. God called Peter to a new understanding of the Gentiles by interrupting his afternoon nap with a vision. Most significantly, God personally intruded into the routine of our rebellion in Jesus Christ. Real servants learn to see the interruptions, not as intrusions, but as God moments when his voice may be calling.

What interruptions did we encounter today? What interruptions will we encounter tomorrow? Where will God intrude into our routine?

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