July 21, 2008
God Knows the Big Picture
“They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of
I’d been reading in Exodus when the Israelites were leaving
Then I got to the part when God instructed the Israelites to make the priests’ garments and the tabernacle furnishings. As He carefully listed off what the people should make and how to make it, it was clear that God was thinking ahead when He asked them to take the gold and other valuables from the Egyptians. He knew in advance what He was asking and how it would all turn out. Exodus 12: 35-36 says, “The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.” Even though the Israelites couldn’t see the big picture of what they were facing, God could. He had it all under control. He didn’t ask them to do anything He hadn’t already prepared them to do.
This story was a great comfort to me today as I pondered the “
Dear Lord, help me to rely on You, and not on what is in front of me. Help me to trust in the outcome simply because I know it is in Your very capable hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst
Intimacy with God: Your Daily Guide to Prayer journaling by Tara Furman
Has God asked you to do something that sounded crazy in the past, yet later made perfect sense? Journal about that incident so that you will have it to go back to as a record of His faithfulness in your life.
What does your
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
I Corinthians 2:9, “However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (NIV)
Exodus 23:20, “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (NIV)
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Originally published Monday, 21 July 2008.