It happens all the time. We pray for something, God says what He will do but because it doesn’t happen right away or things get worse we begin to complain and think that God has forgotten about us.
It happened to the Israelites in the book of Exodus. God told them He would bring them to a better land however they began to complain because Pharaoh’s seemed to have them cornered. Their main complaint – why did God brings out to the wilderness just to have us die? In their minds they could have stayed in Egypt. Never mind that in Egypt they were enslaved and worked half to death.
It also happened to the disciples. Jesus told them to get in the boat so they could go to the other side. When they got to the middle of the ocean they ran right into the storm while Jesus slept on the boat. The disciples wholeheartedly believed they were going to die.
In both instances the destination was always known. God knew where He was taking both the Israelites and the disciples & even told them but because they didn’t know the details of the journey they doubted.
Sound familiar? I’ve often said that end of our journey is already known we just have to keep walking and be patient until it’s revealed to us.
In the end the Israelites walked through dry land in the middle of the sea and did not face death at the point of Pharaoh’s sward. The disciples made it to the other side where they were able to witness Jesus perform more miracles.
God never said that we would have a road map that showed where every decision would take us but He did say that no matter what He would be there.
Lord bring us back to our first love. Bring us back to walking in connection with you. Help us to lean not on our own understanding but to trust in You with all our heart.
One day we will leave this world and all You’ve ever asked of us is to draw nearer to You and tell the world of who You are. I don’t always succeed in that endeavor but I am so grateful to You that every day our eyes open and our hearts beat we have another chance to get things right.
Lord I pray that You become our compass as we have gone astray. We are sitting in the middle of the world the culture has shaped no view of how to change it but Lord I know that if Your people who are called by Your name will humble themselves, turn from our wicked ways, pray and continue to seek Your face you have promised to hear our cries from heaven and You will heal our land.
So Lord today I pray that Your people are raised up throughout the land. Help us to stand when everyone else is falling. Help us to lean on You when every one else is leaning on the world. Help us, help me to become a peculiar person so that people will have no choice but to ask me why I don’t follow the crowd.
I know that will require sacrifice and letting go of things and to be honest just the thought of that scares me but Lord I know that you will be there every step of the way. So Lord as we get up tomorrow, let us not forget that by putting You first the road will be easier to navigate.
These two songs have been in my head a lot lately. One reminds me that no matter what Jesus will be there in time of trouble. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 ESV) The other helps me remember that my eyes should always be more on the Lord than on the world. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV).
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:1-6 NLT)
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. (James 1: 2-4 AMP)
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction,who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalms 103:1-6 NKJV)