[For I know the plans I have for You]
Lately, I keep making the same mistake. I keep saying that I will do something– whatever that may be–forgetting that it’s God Who’s in control, not me. What I should be saying, as Scripture says, is that if the Lord allows it, I will do such and such.
“Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
The Lord has woken me up early this morning, so here I am once again writing up a storm. I’ve been writing so much lately that I feel as if I’m buried in it.
Many of the things I’ve written, still need to be typed, while others are in the editing process. I’m looking at all of it as if it’s quickly becoming a mountain. I have no idea what needs doing, in what order I am supposed to proceed, or when it will be posted. The weight of it, is starting to feel so heavy. This too, I understand, is not without purpose; God is showing me how easy it is to get buried.
We all do it–that is, we get ahead of Him, whether we say that we will do something without waiting for His go ahead, or whether it’s the lies that we believe, that have us burried—sky high, even
We’ve learned all to well, to stifle God’s voice, and we can even harden our hearts when we don’t understand. We are a very stubborn bunch. Just like the Isrealites, we don’t always listen too well.
The lyrics to the last song I posted (Winter Snow) refers to Jesus like this:
“But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below”
Jesus wasn’t forceful. He never forced anyone to listen, however, we’ve been told several times through Scripture that those who have ears should listen. Today, things are no different, Jesus still speaks in that quiet and gentle manner through the Holy Spirit, but if we aren’t listening, we simply won’t hear Him.
“And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
— 1 Kings 19:12
We can forget all the good that He has done for us. We either stand still and complain, or we move forward without Him. The Israelites did the former; they refused to enter the land that He had promised them; they complained and hardened their hearts, even though God had been with them all along. The Lord had in fact provided everything they needed along the way. They had nothing to complain about, or to be afraid of because God was always with them.
“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
They couldn’t see all that God had done for them; He’d protected, fed and clothed them, even giving them manna from heaven to eat. However, they we’re not thankful for this either, and so they continued to grumble and complain to Moses. (Numbers 11:1-15)
God heard them, and this made Him angry. Moses became so weary of dealing with them, that He took it to God–Who was merciful enough to give him help with this ungrateful bunch. (Numbers 11:16-17). The Israelites never could see all the good that God had done for them.
“Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear. Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.””
If you’re still standing and have been provided for, God is still carrying you as He did the Israelites. He’s so very forgiving and He doesn’t give up on us.
“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
If we have complaints, as Moses, the psalmists, Jeremiah and likely countless others did, we should take our concerns and complaints to God. He is more than willing to direct the paths of those who will acknowledge Him—meaning, you need to let Him into your life and you need to trust Him. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
Moses had told them that there would be curses for their disobedience, (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) BUT he had also told them, that there would be rewards for those who turned back to God. (Deuteronomy 30:1-8) Now is always the best time to turn back to God. Time waits for no man and there is no rewind.
These promises weren’t for Israel alone. They are for you as well, and they are just as true today. (In Christ, we are all a part of the same family).
If we don’t want to be pinned and buried under all the fear and lies, we have to acknowledge God, and let Him have His way in our lives. His intentions aren’t to harm us; His plans are to prosper us; His plans are to give us hope and a future
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you’d like to take a walk in the snow with me follow the bread crumbs—–>Purpose (Fearlessly)