January 7, 2018
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. – 2 Peter 2:9
Several years ago, I worked as a bookkeeper and faced a moral dilemma on the job. I was given an instruction to falsify a billing to a state agency. A struggle began within me; how should I handle this sudden problem? What would happen if I refused to carry out the instruction?
I began to pray and seek God for a resolution, and He gave me a promise from the Scripture in 2 Peter 2:9. Only later did I learn that God had already started to answer.
The day of billing finally arrived, but the Lord had not resolved the situation as far as I could tell. What was I going to do? I decided that after lunch I would face the situation and let the administration know that I would not carry out the instructions I had been given. At noon, a woman came into the office with a letter from the state agency I was to bill, and she handed it to an administrator. As that person read the letter out loud, tears started falling down my cheeks, because I realized that this was God’s answer to my prayer. The contents of the letter concerned the very circumstances I was facing, and the details of the situation were now in the open. The administrative personnel saw my tears, and after I explained the dilemma to her, she immediately changed the policy that had created the problem.
As Christians, we sometimes face unexpected situations and, ultimately, we have to make choices. It can be scary to step out in faith that God will go before us, but we can rest on His promise that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). God knows how to deliver His people. He knows what circumstances are going to work together for our deliverance, and as we wait on Him and believe His Word, He will deliver us. What a comfort to know that God always answers our prayers, and that He is always in time.