“… the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” Isaiah VL, 2.

Coincidence. That’s a word that you won’t find in God’s dictionary. God is on His throne and He knows everything that goes on in His universe. Beyond that, He works out His purposes in ways that at times appear to the eyes of carnal men as mere coincidences. If you are a child of God, try to resist the temptation to label favorable events in your life as mere coincidences.

When Cyrus, the emperor of Persia, sent his vassal – King Darius, the Mede – to capture Babylon, the city’s strong defenses might have been his greatest worry: ‘How will my men scale the wall or breach the gates?’ There were even submerged gates that protected the city from intruders who tried to sneak in through the Euphrates that flowed through the city. On that fateful night when Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians, Darius and his warriors were surprised to find the gates of brass and iron left open. Soldiers who were supposed to guard the city round the clock forgot to shut the doors because they were carried away by the grandeur of a royal party that Nebuchadnezzar’s son hosted for his royal officials. He defiled the gold utensils that his father had looted from the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

Many years before this breach happened, God had spoken through his prophet Isaiah about Babylon’s downfall.  See how specific the word of the Lord was. “… the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” What Darius and his men and historians of antiquity dismissed as a mere coincidence was not a coincidence at all. God was at work to fulfill His plans.

Are you worried about how you might gain access to the high places? Have you ever wished you could by-pass those “Glass Ceilings” through which you can only see the privileged status of a few? Have you given up on a battle that you never even dared to fight? If you are guided by God, and if you are in the center of God’s will, rest assured that God is with you. He goes ahead of you to leave certain doors open for you, to break “glass ceilings,” and to usher you in to what He has prepared for you.

Remember, God’s work on your behalf must have started several decades or even centuries before you were born. From the time of your arrival on earth, you’ve been enjoying God’s goodness. Then why do you worry about the future? Yes, you never went this way before. But God has! He goes ahead of you.

God goes ahead of you
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