“And the LORD said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’”
Where I live, people are continually on the move, always hoping to settle into a better place than the one they left. These verses remind me that the same is true for God’s people – only the Lord is the one who does the relocating. From the moment we become His, God continually moves us, spiritually speaking, into a better and broader place. (Psalm 18:19) But sometimes, unbelief creeps in, robbing us of the ability to see how good this new location truly is.
The problem comes when feelings rule and reign. When things don’t go our way, hopes are dashed, and disappointment sets in. We can’t see how great this will be in the long run or consider that He has blessed us by not answering some of our prayers. And then there are the doubts and questions that plague our thoughts: “I don’t understand why this has happened, or “Why didn’t God do something about it?”
Known only to God is His timing and vision for our lives,
and it’s best for us to leave all to Him.
The Lord’s timing is always perfect, not a moment too soon or too late. Listen to His words: “I have surely seen, I have heard, I know, I have come down to deliver them… and bring them up.” What comfort and encouragement these bring!
God never asks us to understand the “why,” but trust that it is a part of His plan. He has ordained your life in ways that will pleasantly surprise you. Now gladly allow Him to move as He sees fit.
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack
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