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Transformation Through The Journey
7/11/2014

Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”  So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:17-18 (NKJV)

When I look at the map of the route taken by the Israelites leaving Egypt I tend to scratch my head.  I don’t think they could have taken a more indirect route to safety.  They had three other potential routes, but the Lord led them on this fourth way.  The Israelites had just been freed from oppressive slavery, and I am pretty certain they wanted to take the fastest route possible to this new Promised Land.

In many ways it is much the same for us once we have submitted to God’s plan for our life.  We are ready for the Promised Land here on earth—a land where there are no more temptations or extreme trials in our Christian walk.  But this isn’t how He always does it.  Each path is unique to the person and what they need.

In the story of the Exodus we can see God’s plan for the Israelites—one allowing Him to show them His abilities to provide and protect in situations normally looked upon as hopeless. One thing evident from this story is this; God was fully capable of getting his people out of Egypt, but He was more interested in getting Egypt out of His people.  This is because they had learned various worldly habits and lifestyles damaging to their relationship with Him – ones that could only be replaced by walking in faith.

Unfortunately we can all become complacent in relying on our own abilities for our necessities, and as a result we can become independent of relying totally upon God.  This independence can creep into other areas of our life, and we can tend to do our own thing, instead of submitting to God’s plan and will for us.   

Scripture teaches that once we become Christians; once we give our life totally to God, and we’re walking with Him, we’re to seek Him for all of our provisions. And each day we are taught to put our trust and faith in Him for these essentials. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

As we openly acknowledge His provision, it becomes the basis for our individual testimony to others.  And it is a valuable part of our spiritual walk, as it prepares us to fully seek and trust God for everything.

God is working in our lives to make us more like Christ with each passing day.  God uses each and every aspect of our entire journey in this life to prepare us for our eternal life.  We cannot hurry the process, as it takes time.  We cannot strive to expedite God’s plan, because His timing and His plans are perfect.  Besides, our journey through life’s various valleys will provide a platform for God’s love, mercy, and light to shine upon us and flow through us, and this will draw others to know Him.

It encourages me to see how God went before the Israelites on their trek to the Promised Land.  He never left them, nor did He forsake them (Deut. 31:8), and we are blessed because He has given us this same promise as well.  I want to encourage you today to take time to enjoy the journey.  Take time to look back and see what God is doing in every area of your life when you allow Him to take control.

STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus ask us to do in Matthew 6:33?  What does he assure us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see where God is working in your life?  Can you see how He is working out things that shouldn’t be there?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to show you clearly how to properly view things, situations and people as He views them. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for taking the time to teach me and to transform me.  I can clearly see the changes in my life where I have laid down my desires and asked for Your will.  I pray You will continue to allow me to see things and people the way You do.  May they see You in me as well, and may Your Son be glorified, for it is in His precious name I pray, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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