There’s nothing worse than believing God for victory, only to experience defeat.
Has that ever happened to you?
Recently, I prayed and prayed, without change. I praised, without a breakthrough. I hoped, but I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere.
Even now, I need God for everything, yet I wonder how he can possibly show up — in this situation. What if I am left with nothing?
Fear wants to grip me. It tries to make me focus on the natural over God’s supernatural power.
God, will you really provide? Show up? Help? Can I trust You, God?
The Israelites are a bit like me: They saw the Egyptian troops chasing them down. They got overwhelmingly terrified. They must have figured they were incapable.. They were seemingly angry at their leader, Moses.
Upset with themselves and unable to hold-it-in they even griped, “What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Exodus 14:11-12, NIV)
Slavery was more appealing than trusting God for victory.
I’m like them when I say:
Why am I here, God? Where are you, God? Why haven’t you ____, God? This doesn’t make any sense, God!
Moses replied to the Israelites, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV)
As I’m still, God fights. Wow. This is incredible. Beyond natural sight is God’s greater fight. Far more effective than worry is my Warrior, God. He is bigger than any big issue I face. And stronger than the very definition of the word — strong, as I understand it.
God can accomplish more in a split-second than I can produce in my whole life. I want the work to be His, not mine. He can do anything at any time.
Our God, while we are still — fights on our behalf. Are we letting Him fight for us or are we griping, opining, complaining, and doubting?
God is working, even when you can’t see it.
It doesn’t matter if it looks like God is late. Or, if you would have done it another way. Or, if you can’t really understand. Still, God’s way is the best way.
A kid can’t understand why he gets a novocaine shot at the dentist, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t good reason.
You know, when the Israelites lost faith, God instructed Moses to tell them something. He said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to move on.” (Exodus 14:15) I believe God is saying the same today:
Move on from unbelief.
Move on from fearing your battle.
Move on from counting everything as a deterrent.
Move on from your old outlooks.
Move on from your self-limiting beliefs.
Move on from the idea there is no good plan.
And, trust God to fight your battle. You do this by: making space for God, listening to His heartbeat through His Words, and through ‘saying yes’.
God’s plan is good. Even here, in this instance, He had good reason for doing what He did. It was so He could gain glory.
“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground…And I will gain glory through…The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” (Exodus 14:16-18, NIV)
And so the Israelites moved. The miracle happened. The sea parted. And God got all His glory. The Egyptians knew who was God.
Friend, don’t lose hope; there is a good plan in motion.