The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
There are three characteristics of intermission that are crucial to understand.
First, intermissions are imposed, not chosen. Most of us would never choose an intermission. After Moses made a big mistake and killed the Egyptian, he did not say, “I have some anger issues I need to deal with. I think I’ll go spend 40 years on a sabbatical in the desert until I can get over this.” None of us would choose an intermission, but God chooses them for us.
Intermissions are times of waiting–that’s why we hate them so much. Waiting for God to change some attitudes in us. Waiting for God to change the hearts of people we’ve hurt. Waiting for God to change the circumstances necessary for us to have a second act. Waiting, waiting, waiting.
But waiting time doesn’t have to be wasted time. While we’re waiting, God is often working in ways we can’t possibly understand.
Second, intermissions come at various times in life. I used to live in a small town where people would talk about those suffering from the “middle-age crazies.” They meant midlife crisis, but “middle-age crazies” is a better description. This is the period of time when people think, “You know what? I’ve got as many years behind me as I do in front of me, and I don’t like the way my life is going. So I’m going to make some drastic changes.” And those changes can be anything from trading in the family SUV for a sports car to trading in your mate for a younger version. But these decisions are almost always disastrous because they are made from panic rather than from godly planning.
I’ve seen these wrong decisions happen at every age. In fact, I’ve seen as many people in their senior adult years make disastrous choices as I have those in their young adult lives. We can fail at any time. That’s why we have to be on guard all the time. Because we can fail at any time in life, our intermission can occur at any time in life as well.
Third, intermissions are varying lengths. For Moses it was 40 years. For the Israelites it was 70 years in Babylon. For Peter it was seven weeks between his failure and his sermon at Pentecost. For Paul it was three years in the desert. For Jonah it was three days in the belly of a great fish while he reassessed his calling.
Intermissions are of varying lengths, but whatever length your intermission is, it is important that you learn and profit from it.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Enjoy Your Intermission” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2016.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.