Repositioning You for Greatness!

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[Spanish Translation] [French Translation] Some time ago when we were travelling, we found ourselves waiting at the International Airport in Delhi. Our flight was delayed by one hour. Then came another long delay after we were inside the flight and all ready to go. The TV in front of our seats showed that the flight was positioned towards the main runway.

 

Yet, from the flight’s front camera shown on our screen, we saw how other planes went by while we were still there waiting. I couldn’t help but think that probably some of these flights had to go ahead because of the delay we had earlier. We waited patiently for our turn and by then it had already been the longest 25 minutes ever on the side of a runway.

Finally, the flight moved onto the main runway – all set with bright lights on either side – and it seemed like our time had finally come. After a few seconds of silence, the engine roared to life and began to go down the airstrip ferociously. In less than 35 seconds on my watch, our flight rose up against all the wind and defied gravity.

In less than a minute we had left behind all our delays, frustration, anxiety and we were on our exciting path to our destiny.

Sound familiar?

Yes, my friend, this is how life seems to be sometimes.

You watch all your friends move on; you stroll on without any direction or results; and sometimes you feel God-forsaken!

Being in a pit for sharing a vision; being sold without a reason; and another 2 years of jail for being honest to his work. All this does not sound fair to the young visionary Joseph.

Once he did reach, it was all a matter of seconds. The Bible says in Genesis 41:14 “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.”

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Your turn!

He had a royal bath, regal designer wear, the trendiest hairdo and the cleanest shave he would have had, and before he knew it he was on the king’s chariot heading to the palace.

Why do I have to wait this long in life?

Just like the 1 hr 25 minutes delay before the 30-second mighty take off, Joseph had two years of brokenness before that sudden promotion!

Just as He did in the life of Joseph, God is using your delays to reposition you for greatness. Joseph’s journey involved beatings, insults, rejection, accusations, slander, denial and much silence before he could reach his real take off runway.

So here’s the simple truth:

God is positioning (or repositioning) some of us for greatness that we’ve never seen, heard or dreamed of! You would have otherwise never learned the lessons, had the experience, and understood the world better like you do now.

Here are a few verses to ponder on:

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

This is an interview we had in Canada with Rev. Paul Willoughby on why God allows brokenness. I hope it blesses you.

So my friends, let us endure with joy; for the joy that is set before us.

What has been your greatest challenge in enduring a test? Share your thoughts below.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Justin-Prabhakran/100001562425219 Kenneth Justin Prabhakran

    Wonderful post dad……He makes all things beautiful In His time..

  • KennethmyJesus

    Wonderful post dad……He makes all things beautiful In His time..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Justin-Prabhakran/100001562425219 Kenneth Justin Prabhakran

    Now i understand why many people had to hate and hurt me……

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Hmmmmm… Glad! God trusted u with it! Make God proud! Love u Ken.

  • KennethmyJesus

    Now i understand why many people had to hate and hurt me……

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Hmmmmm… Glad! God trusted u with it! Make God proud! Love u Ken.

  • Bernadine Wicket

    Seriously, for everyone who wants to be used by the Lord as in the case of Moses – the mettle has to be made ready for the Maker!!! and those months, sometimes years of waiting seem the longest and the most questionable phases of our lives, but during those waiting times, He teaches us valuable lessons before He repositions us.

    It is only when we look back and pause for a moment, we cannot help but thank God for His grace during those periods of waiting.

  • Bernadine Wicket

    Seriously, for everyone who wants to be used by the Lord as in the case of Moses – the mettle has to be made ready for the Maker!!! and those months, sometimes years of waiting seem the longest and the most questionable phases of our lives, but during those waiting times, He teaches us valuable lessons before He repositions us.

    It is only when we look back and pause for a moment, we cannot help but thank God for His grace during those periods of waiting.

  • Danielprabu

    I am happy to see you Brother as I have heard very few preachers, preach things practically by observing what is happening in an around us. I believe if Jesus would born this time one of the parable will be from AIR PLANE. Jesus used very common things to teach, it for understanding dull headed minds like me….

    You have written an another parable….. Keep going

    # Waiting is the BIGGEST and TOUGHEST thing to DO…..

  • Danielprabu

    I am happy to see you Brother as I have heard very few preachers, preach things practically by observing what is happening in an around us. I believe if Jesus would born this time one of the parable will be from AIR PLANE. Jesus used very common things to teach, it for understanding dull headed minds like me….

    You have written an another parable….. Keep going

    # Waiting is the BIGGEST and TOUGHEST thing to DO…..

  • Mejosht

    awesome Message Shyju, wanted to hear this message.. May God bless you and continue to use you for His glory….

  • Mejosht

    awesome Message Shyju, wanted to hear this message.. May God bless you and continue to use you for His glory….

  • jeremiah

    Right on time bro…so COMFORTED!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      God bless your heart! Be strong in the Lord and JESUS LOVES U!!!

  • jeremiah

    Right on time bro…so COMFORTED!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      God bless your heart! Be strong in the Lord and JESUS LOVES U!!!

  • http://twitter.com/musiqchild007 Jherrel Peters

    Have you ever heard about Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love” book? It’s a great book but in it one particular chapter raised an eyebrow. He gave the impression that basically we should give away the majority of our stuff, stop living comfortably and live by FAITH (living by faith meaning literally TRUST him for the next thing…maybe in the sense of having no stability or security in anything…not too sure).

    Personally, I don’t FULLY agree with what he said but what do you think? I ask under this blog post because eventually this question would lead to the question “Is it right for Christians to be ‘great’?”. Kinda obvious question I know but someone who read that particular chapter without a preconceived biased may get that impression. Thoughts?

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      I don’t know what he means by stop living comfortably and I’ve not read his book. Certainly pain dot come from God. And to afflict trouble ain’t God either. I also believe God wants us to give and give like crazy. And if that means to give like ur bank balance is zero it’s still fine. Like Smith Wigglesworth who had no savings. But again that’s a conviction of a person. Cannot make it a command or instruction. He could say that’s what he does and that’s superb!

    • Virginia

      Hey Jherrel, I have read the book and I believe what Francis Chan was defining lukewarm people. As much as he puts it that bluntly, he talks about the lack of faith and trust in God to the point that they secure themselves in their own strength. Almost as though not leaving a single opportunity to God to intervene and show Himself sovereign. I doubt he says live without comfort. In his own testimony, he moved out of his house into a smaller one which still could hold together the family he was blessed with. He wants to draw a distinction between obsession and need. These are my thought on the book.

      About the question, the greatness mentioned in this blog by Shyju could be more than just money and possessions and social standing as the world perceives greatness. It could even pertain to a breakthrough in your personal life. It could be a mother’s heart beaming when she sees her son walk in the ways of the word as she instructed him. It could be a pastor looking at the leaders he has mentored and witnessing them do mightier works than he.

      • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

        Makes sense. Thanks Virginia for clarifying.

  • http://twitter.com/musiqchild007 Jherrel Peters

    Have you ever heard about Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love” book? It’s a great book but in it one particular chapter raised an eyebrow. He gave the impression that basically we should give away the majority of our stuff, stop living comfortably and live by FAITH (living by faith meaning literally TRUST him for the next thing…maybe in the sense of having no stability or security in anything…not too sure).

    Personally, I don’t FULLY agree with what he said but what do you think? I ask under this blog post because eventually this question would lead to the question “Is it right for Christians to be ‘great’?”. Kinda obvious question I know but someone who read that particular chapter without a preconceived biased may get that impression. Thoughts?

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I don’t know what he means by stop living comfortably and I’ve not read his book. Certainly pain dot come from God. And to afflict trouble ain’t God either. I also believe God wants us to give and give like crazy. And if that means to give like ur bank balance is zero it’s still fine. Like Smith Wigglesworth who had no savings. But again that’s a conviction of a person. Cannot make it a command or instruction. He could say that’s what he does and that’s superb!

    • Virginia

      Hey Jherrel, I have read the book and I believe what Francis Chan was defining lukewarm people. As much as he puts it that bluntly, he talks about the lack of faith and trust in God to the point that they secure themselves in their own strength. Almost as though not leaving a single opportunity to God to intervene and show Himself sovereign. I doubt he says live without comfort. In his own testimony, he moved out of his house into a smaller one which still could hold together the family he was blessed with. He wants to draw a distinction between obsession and need. These are my thought on the book.

      About the question, the greatness mentioned in this blog by Shyju could be more than just money and possessions and social standing as the world perceives greatness. It could even pertain to a breakthrough in your personal life. It could be a mother’s heart beaming when she sees her son walk in the ways of the word as she instructed him. It could be a pastor looking at the leaders he has mentored and witnessing them do mightier works than he.

      • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

        Makes sense. Thanks Virginia for clarifying.

  • Abhilash

    I love to hear about Joseph anytime as its the most inspiring story for any young person called or desire to serve Lord Jesus.my life is also on a wait now; expecting the dreams Jesus had gave me to takeoff at his time. Wonderful inspiring blog brother shyju. We are praying for the healing mumbai conference. Keep writing.

  • Abhilash

    I love to hear about Joseph anytime as its the most inspiring story for any young person called or desire to serve Lord Jesus.my life is also on a wait now; expecting the dreams Jesus had gave me to takeoff at his time. Wonderful inspiring blog brother shyju. We are praying for the healing mumbai conference. Keep writing.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      That’s encouraging to know brother. God bless u.

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

    That’s encouraging to know brother. God bless u.

  • Aswini

    Being in a pit for sharing a vision; being sold without a reason; and another 2 years of jail for being honest to his work. JESUS spoke to me thru these words,directly into my heart.And even as I am reading along I didn’t feel a thing in my spirit,but one thing i desired ,that GOD only will speak no matter what and I am led by the spirit to look at this article.That day I am so downcast in my soul that i didn’t even want to switch on my  computer even when the lord spoke persistantly with me to switch on gth.GOD made me do it and now here Iam sharing HIS GRACE with you.Thanks brother for sharing with us what GOD OUR FATHER has given to you.

  • Aswini

    Being in a pit for sharing a vision; being sold without a reason; and another 2 years of jail for being honest to his work. JESUS spoke to me thru these words,directly into my heart.And even as I am reading along I didn’t feel a thing in my spirit,but one thing i desired ,that GOD only will speak no matter what and I am led by the spirit to look at this article.That day I am so downcast in my soul that i didn’t even want to switch on my  computer even when the lord spoke persistantly with me to switch on gth.GOD made me do it and now here Iam sharing HIS GRACE with you.Thanks brother for sharing with us what GOD OUR FATHER has given to you.

  • http://www.diggingtheword.blogspot.com/ Rick Morgan

    God’s waiting room is a good place to calm down be patient and learn, problem is none of us like waiting rooms.

  • http://www.diggingtheword.blogspot.com/ Rick Morgan

    God’s waiting room is a good place to calm down be patient and learn, problem is none of us like waiting rooms.

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  • Ohsounique

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  • Rinu

    This was just for me… Something really really big is coming up..

  • Rinu

    This was just for me… Something really really big is coming up..

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