Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
We are all going to fail in life, and we often feel that the curtain has come down and our life story is over. But it’s not over–it is simply an intermission before our second-act success.
God places us on the earth’s stage for 70 or 80 years to play the part He has assigned us. But at some point in our life story we are all going to fail. What happens then? Does the Divine Director pull us off the stage and say, “Your part is over now”? Does the curtain come down for us permanently?
The Bible is clear that, with God’s help, you can turn your worst messes into incredible successes. This week we are going to look at another important principle for experiencing a great second act, and it’s this: we have to learn how to enjoy our intermission.
Many theatrical performances schedule a break in a long production to give actors and audiences time to rest. I’m probably showing my age, but many of the great epic movies like “Ben Hur” or “The Ten Commandments” were so long that the director put an intermission in the middle. The movie would hit a climactic scene, and then it would fade to black and the word “Intermission” would appear on the screen. You’d get up, stretch, and get some popcorn. But you wouldn’t leave during the intermission because if you did so, you’d miss the second part of the story, which was usually crucial.
In life, an intermission is that period of time between our failure and our future. To help you understand this principle further, let me be very specific. An intermission is that period of time between
- your divorce and the beginning of another relationship,
- a termination from one job and the beginning of a new job,
- a bankruptcy and financial solvency,
- a revelation of your immorality and the restoration of your reputation.
In the theater, intermissions can be refreshing and pleasant, but in life they usually aren’t. Many people who are experiencing an intermission in life are plagued by guilt over their failure or apprehension about what may or may not be ahead of them. Most of us would choose to move on with our life instead of going through an intermission, but as we will see this week, God’s plan for His people always includes an intermission after their failure.
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.