January 22, 2019
Will God Really Show Up For Me?
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14, NIV)
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There’s nothing worse than believing God for victory, only to experience defeat.
Recently, I prayed and prayed without any change. I praised and worshipped, without a breakthrough. Even now, I need God for everything, yet wonder if He’ll really going to do anything. It feels like...I’m about to be left with nothing. Empty handed.
God, are You really going to come through for me?
God, do You really have this?
God, can I really trust You?
The Israelites trusted God way back then, sort of. As they saw the Egyptian troops chasing them down, they got overwhelmingly terrified. And seemingly angry at their leader Moses.
They 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 His victory.
I am like them when I say:
“What have I gotten myself into now, God?
Where are you, God?
Why haven’t you ____, 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)
I believe God says the same to us:
Do not be afraid.
You will see the deliverance of God.
You will see God come through.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.
Stillness allows us to perceive God’s goodness. In this, our outlook, our mindsets and our attitudes change. Here, our faith rises. Here, breakthrough happens.
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 to us:
Move on from unbelief.
Move on from fearing your battle.
Move on from counting every issue and believing I am not in it.
Move on from your old outlooks.
Move on from your self-limiting beliefs.
Move on from the idea there is no good plan.
Do a new thing. . .
Train your mind in truth.
Seize God’s peace.
Conquer challenges through me.
God has always had a very good plan. From the beginning God’s plan in this instance was that He would get all the 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.
Father, You always have a good plan. May we rest in it.
In Jesus’ Name.
Now It’s Your Turn
Remember some times when God had a good plan in motion for you, even when you could not see it? Thank Him for always looking out for you.
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Originally published Tuesday, 22 January 2019.