God’s TRAD­ING Hours 24/7/365

Activated - - NEWS - By Chris Mizrany Chris Mizrany is a web de­signer, pho­tog­ra­pher, and mis­sion­ary with Help­ing Hand in Cape Town, South Africa.

If, like me, you’ve got­ten to a store only to find that you’d mis­read their “open hours” sign and ended up star­ing mo­rosely at locked doors, this is for you.

I don’t of­ten have epiphany mo­ments, but this be­came one. As I tried to fig­ure out how I could have missed clos­ing time by an hour (and si­mul­ta­ne­ously men­tally jus­ti­fy­ing my­self ), I had a sud­den thought.

What if God had business hours? What if, just be­cause He can, God took off early? Can you imag­ine?

“Sorry, I’m out of the of­fice. Will ad­dress your re­quest when I re­turn.”

“The num­ber you have di­aled is not avail­able right now. Please try again later.”

Or even “Please press 1 to make an ap­point­ment.”

We might chuckle at the men­tal pic­ture of God chill­ing at some heav­enly re­sort, but it’s ac­tu­ally a sober­ing thought. As I re­flected on it, I asked my­self, Could I get along with­out God for a day? Part of a day? It didn’t take long for me to re­al­ize I dare not even try.

The won­der­ful truth about God the Fa­ther, Je­sus the Son, and the Holy Spirit is that all we who be­lieve have full access, 24/7/365, to all their help, power, wis­dom, and love. We’re never left star­ing at a “Back in 10 min­utes” sign on God’s of­fice door. Je­sus never de­clines our calls, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t say, “I’ll get back to you to­mor­row.”

In fact, God’s “open hours” sign reads some­thing like this:

“I’m here for you al­ways. Even if ev­ery other door closes to you. I’m not go­ing any­where.”

1 “Re­mem­ber that time when you were hope­less, and I res­cued you? Well, I can do that again. Just trust Me.”

2 “Re­spect My rules, and you can have ab­so­lutely any­thing that’s good for you.”

3 So let’s not treat God as our last op­tion, the one that we re­sort to only if “reg­u­lar things” don’t work out. Let’s visit Him first thing in the morn­ing, last thing at night, and all the hours in be­tween. Any time, any day, His door is al­ways open.

The most im­por­tant les­son that I have learned is to trust God in ev­ery cir­cum­stance. Lots of times we go through dif­fer­ent tri­als and fol­low­ing God’s plan seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all. God is al­ways in con­trol and he will never leave us.— Allyson Felix (b. 1985) I’ve been say­ing for a cou­ple of years now that peo­ple need to let God out of the Sun­day morn­ing box, that He doesn’t want to just be with you for an hour or two on Sun­day morn­ing and then put back in His box to sit there un­til you have an emer­gency, but He wants to in­vade your Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day.— Joyce Meyer (b. 1943)

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