Topic: Broken Ships — Tuesday August 29, 2017.
Text: 2 Chronicles 20:31-37
Key Verse: “…Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken…” (2 Chronicles 20:37).
The saying that when things are sometimes falling apart, they may actually be falling into place had never been truer as in the case of Jehoshaphat. He began well by doing what was right in the sight of God. But he soon got into a relationship that was headed in the wrong direction. He began a ship-building business with an unbelieving king. The business was doomed as God broke the ships, severed the partnership and made sure the venture never worked. While things fell apart, they were actually falling into the path God wanted for him.
There are many kinds of ships that are capable of ruining our testimony and taking us far from God. The devil has so many ships he has constructed to carry people to eternal damnation. Satan can send friendship, courtship, partnership, scholarship, internship, or kingship to take you far from the true purpose of God for your life. It is not everything that is not working in your life that is under attack from the enemy. Not every prayer that is not answered is being hindered by Satan. God sometimes hinders some prayers; breaks some ships, just to save His own. Whatever is falling apart in your life may actually be falling into the place of God’s will for you. Our confidence is in God’s assurance that all things are working together for our good.
Therefore, whatever comes and whatever goes needs to be seen in the light of God’s word and his specific will for your life. People say, a broken courtship is better than a broken marriage. And it is not sin if it was God’s idea. But God is not in support of divorce. So, think intently to see if there is any relationship God has either been preventing you from entering or He is breaking in your life. Rather than resist, you should submit to Him and ask that the will of God be done in your life.
Thought for the day: God breaks any ship that carries His people away from Him.
Bible Reading in one Year: Nehemiah 5-7