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The Forgotten Beatitude

Matthew 11:6 – And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

The Forgotten Beatitude

Dr. Vance Havner always called this verse the forgotten beatitude because it is not a part of the sermon on the mount.  It was in reference to a little story he wanted his disciples to tell, to the apostle John, while he was sitting in a Roman prison.  As Dr. Havner would often preach, Jesus was saying, “Blessed is the man who doesn’t get upset by the way I run my business.”  When John asked if Jesus was the Christ, Jesus told his disciples to tell John the lame and sick are being healed, the dumb can talk, etc.  He was saying in a sense, everything is going according to plan, including you being in prison.

Second Guessing God

We often get to second guessing God.  We question his wisdom and providence in the circumstances that happen in our lives.  His answer back to us is “everything is running on schedule,” as Dr. Havner would say.  God has a purpose and a timing of those purposes in our lives.  He knows what he is doing.  There is a time and a season to everything.  God has not lost control of this world.  He is still on the throne.  We have no business questioning God’s business.

Just Trust God

Why not just trust the Lord today with his timetable for your life.  You might be single and waiting for a spouse.  You might be waiting for God to intervene in a circumstance or someone else’s life.  When things don’t work out the way you planned, just like John, you begin to think God missed the boat and wonder if he is the Christ.  But God is on time.  He is the Christ, the ever-living God.  It is just His schedule and not your schedule, it is His plan and not your plan, it is His business and not your business.


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