|Today’s Scripture: And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:35-38|
|It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.-Arthur H. Stainback
Have you ever had the day’s itinerary planned so perfectly only to have your best-laid plans suddenly crash due to a last-minute interruption? I’ve been there many times myself, but I’ve learned that God often overrides even the most well-meaning plans to orchestrate His own divine plan-He intervenes through our interruptions.
I was taking a flight home one weekend, determined that nothing would hinder my sermon preparation for the upcoming week. I ended up sitting beside a woman who couldn’t stop talking. Though I had prayed earlier in the morning that I might win souls for Christ, I became irritated because this woman was taking my valuable time.
Nevertheless, I took advantage of an opportunity to witness to her, and God used that minor interruption to transform the plane into a mission field. Through this single, unforeseen incident, I was also able to share gospel tracts with several other passengers.
It’s far more important that I care about people, rather than plans. The cause of Christ ought to be at the top of our priority lists, and we must ever be mindful of how we can advance this end.
You may be in a hurry as you’re reading this today; but in your haste, don’t neglect opportunities to let your light shine for Christ. Be available to lend an ear or a hand, and you’ll be amazed at how God will use you.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder