“But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold”
Again and again the Israelites were criticised for grumbling and complaining when their lives became uncomfortable. Forgetting the great acts of the Lord in setting them free from the brutal bondage of Egypt and miraculously providing for them they drove Moses to distraction. He acted rashly and in consequence was banned from leading them into the Promised Land.
We may find it easy to be critical of them as we read these accounts. Yet so often we can fall into the same trap. Forgetting the great salvation of God in Jesus Christ, overlooking His promises and His history of faithfulness, compassion and love we find it easy to despair and complain when our own lives become uncomfortable.
God did not promise us comfort. However He did promise to be with us. And the peace that He offers us, the peace that passes understanding, is a spiritual peace that is a comfort to our minds and hearts even in the midst of personal and social pressures. It is the peace of God and not the peace of the fallen world. It comes from a trust in God and not a hope in the world.
God has an overall purpose and plan. He will work it out and accomplish it in His power and in His time.
- “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:9-11)
He also has a plan and a purpose for each person and group.
- “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)
We do not have faith in what is but in the God who is. He knows where He is going and will take us with Him. Our calling is to put our hope and trust in Him and to get on with what He has given us to do in our contexts. It is often a challenge but then faith is a challenge for it is needed when it is needed.
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Father God help me to trust You for today and tomorrow and to seek to do Your will in my spot of earth. Amen.