Every year Americans face tax time with mixed emotions. For many people April 15 approaches more quickly than they would like, as they begin to realize that they have neglected to gather all of the information needed to complete their tax forms. The lines to various tax services are jammed packed until the last possible moments before the filing deadline.
The rush to prepare at the last possible moment can lead to mistakes and major filing errors. The wise thing to do is to ask for an extension.
There are times in our lives when we, for whatever reason, have not met or can not meet a deadline. There are times when we have procrastinated and caused our own negative situations. Yet there are other times when we legitimately found ourselves in a situation that we had no control over.
Too often, especially with the latter, we waste precious time trying to fix things in our own strength. We need the power of God to give us our desired outcomes. It takes the peace of God to allow us to rest in Him while everything is seemingly swirling around us.
There is a way of escape! Ask for an extension.
While an extension may not always be granted, humbling ourselves enough to allow someone else to know that we need assistance in getting a job done, or reaching an intended goal, is critical to our ultimate success.
In 2 Kings 20, we learn about Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a king and was a true man of God, but when he found himself in a dire situation he refused to accept a negative report and he asked God for an extension.
Hezekiah was about to die yet he turned his face to the wall and began to pray. When the Lord heard the sincerity of his prayer, Hezekiah was granted a 15-year extension of life!
What an awesome God we serve! If you need help to get your dreams accomplished, and you are completely out of ideas and strength, ask for an extension! God is more than able to grant you the grace that others often will not. Be encouraged and know that God desires to see you excel.
Don’t waste time, but don’t be consumed by it either.
Monday: Hosea 1
Tuesday: Hosea 2
Wednesday: Matthew 24
Thursday: Genesis 13
Friday: Luke 7
Saturday: Luke 8
Sunday: Head to Church
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