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I love living in East Texas … rural America … no traffic … no hassle. The only drawback I’ve experienced is having to travel some distance to shop.  I learned rather quickly when we moved here in 2017, if I want something, I’d better order it..  I also got to know my UPS and FedEx drivers very well.

Then came the pandemic. Stores were shuttered, so you were forced to get your goods by delivery. Just this week, I heard the CEO of Walmart is considering closing all of their stores and switch to online delivery only. Some say it’s the wave of the future.  I even have a delivery box at my gate to make it easier for the drivers to deliver parcels.

The problem with deliveries is the arrival time. Mishaps and miscalculations happen. About the time I really need that gift, it shows up a week too late. My entire iPhone calendar is filled with delivery dates. That tells you how exciting my life is.

The one delivery person I can count on is my Lord. He always delivers as promised, where promised, and in His perfect time.  Sometimes the way God keeps His promises is painful for us. And sometimes we don’t even realize He is delivering us because we don’t recognize the way He does it. What I do know, He is consistent in the delivery of his help, protection, and guidance.

Sometimes He delivers us from something hard by removing it or preventing it in the first place. But, this isn’t the only way God delivers. Sometimes He doesn’t prevent the suffering and He doesn’t remove it, but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t deliver.

Sometimes He delivers us through some things. That’s certainly true in my life. Looking back, I see so clearly how His hand was on us, protecting and delivering. He promises when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us. That means if He is allowing us to go through it, He goes through it with us.

Sometimes He delivers us out of circumstances. Sometimes the delivery is to remain here on earth surviving an illness or catastrophe. Then sometimes it’s for a loved one to be ushered into heaven.

The one thing I do know is this: God is our Deliverer and God does Deliver. When we can’t understand His ways, we can trust His character.

Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Thank you, Lord, for this blessed assurance. 

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