Sometimes when we set out to do God’s work, it seems as if our efforts backfire: people get mad at us, projects fail to get completed on time, things break–the list goes on. But God has a plan! If everything went perfect, we wouldn’t appreciate God’s power. By helping us overcome hardships, God is glorified in a way which we can appreciate.
The Children of Israel finally left Egypt after witnessing terrible plagues for approximately three weeks. The Egyptians were so relieved to see them go they gave them gold and silver for their journey–they paid them to leave! The Children of Israel didn’t lose any of their cattle or people. God blessed them abundantly and prepared them for things to come.
Some days our efforts are rewarded like that, too. Extra money comes in just before a major repair is needed. A child suddenly understands the math concept with which they’ve been struggling. The grocery store has a great sale on multiple items you need. God provides!
But what happens when it seems like our blessings are about to be pulled out from under us? When Pharaoh’s army began to pursue the Israelites, their first instinct was to cry out to God–then they blamed Moses.
“Moses! Were there not enough graves in Egypt that you brought us out there to die?”
What happened to their faith? It vanished as soon as they took their eyes off God and looked toward Moses.
“Moses, there’s no more food–we’re going to die out here!”
“Moses, we’re sick of manna–get us some real food!”
“Moses, we’re thirsty!”
Hindsight is 20/20. We can see God’s plan and we can chastise the Israelites for their unbelief, but what about our unbelief? Where are we looking when our world falls apart?
God has a plan for each of us and He will see it through to completion. Sometimes we cannot see where He’s leading, but if we continue to follow the Lord, He will guide us. God provides! Do you believe that? Consider the following:
- Can you think of a time when doing God’s will seemed to cause problems?
- Are you so used to God’s provision that you can’t see it anymore?
- Do you continue to focus on God, through good times and bad?
- Where has God left His fingerprints in your life lately?
- If you were to count your blessings right now, how many would you have?