And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Lord.
It is amazing how the Lord pursued the Israelites and yet they were so rebellious and so willing to turn to anything that distracted them in their walk with Him through the wilderness. While God was rescuing them and trying to walk with them and have a special relationship with them they were quick to complain and go another direction.
Stop for a minute today and take a look around you; how is God pursuing you? It could be something as “little” as blessing you with a sunrise or sunset that you find unbelievably gorgeous. It could be an unexpected kindness from a friend or maybe it is something bigger like an answer to something you have been praying for. No matter where you are today in life, it’s there! God is pursuing you because He so desires that closeness with you! He doesn’t just bless you to bless you, He also blesses you because it gives Him so much pleasure doing it! No matter where you are in life or what you may have done, God is still pursuing you, if you are doubting that then stop for a moment and think about the fact that you are reading this, aren’t you? Hmmmmm…… He loves you and He cares about you right where you are.
When you read the book of Exodus it is amazing the lengths God went to even through all of their rebellion and non stop complaining to develop that closeness with the Israelites, thus the 40 years for the 11 day journey. God was trying to get their attention so they could have the best of the best of relationships with Him. He knew if they weren’t strong enough spiritually when He gave them their blessing which was the promised land, they would fall away and it would be to their detriment! He wanted what was best for them and He knew that when He first brought them out of Egypt they were not strong enough and He needed time with them in the wilderness to grow them up spiritually so they would thrive in the Promised land! He didn’t just want to bless them, He wanted them to thrive once they got there!
Look for Him today and know that every little thing He does is to pursue you and to know you in the hopes you will draw closer to Him and want to know Him as well.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn
Exodus 5:22-23 and 6:1
Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I cam to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do…….”
When things seem to look the worst ~ look up, not around! Just because things don’t seem to be going right doesn’t mean that God isn’t working. God may be getting ready to show Himself mighty in your situation so remain faithful and hold on, God isn’t finished with this yet! Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
There’s so much evil going on in the world, worse than I have ever seen in my lifetime and believe me if you read Revelation you will see just how mighty God is going to show Himself to be! In the meantime though He is still all about showing Himself mighty in His peoples lives if they will just remain faithful and follow Him. The way may seem uncertain and scary at times but He will always do what He has said He will do! In this case poor Moses felt somewhat responsible because He was the one telling the people that God was going to deliver them and now things were worse than they were before he showed up and the people were suffering and angry.
It is often when we feel as though things couldn’t get any worse that God is working and He is about to show up to do great things so hold on to your hope. Don’t give up now! God is always at work and He knows what you have been facing ~ your tears have not escaped His notice. Pour your heart out to Him today, hold on to every ounce of faith you have left and pray for the strength to get to the other side, if you have no strength left ask Him to carry you through and He will. Take some time and read about all of the miracles God did to deliver the people of Israel if you need some encouragement. Trust Him and He will deliver you!
“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers
Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
Moses was just strolling along doing what he was supposed to be doing in his everyday life when God revealed the Call He had for Moses life. You never know when or what God may call you to do at any given point in your life.
When I was 12 years old at Lake Ann Bible Camp I remember like it was yesterday, God speaking to my heart and I just knew I was called to be a missionary. When I went to Bible College no matter who I spoke with I was discouraged because I was a single woman and no one really took me serious. Once I got married my husband was attending Bible college and I kept trying to encourage him that I just believed we were either supposed to work with teens or be missionaries ~ he wasn’t too open to either idea, then several years later we ended up divorced and I just knew I must have been mistaken when I was 12, I was never going to be able to do anything on any level for God again. I was wrong and that was a lie straight from Hell. Don’t allow Satan to tell you that kind of garbage or anyone else you know! That is not true and God always has a plan if you are open to it! Since then I have worked in youth groups with teens, raised 3 of my own, worked with Bill on a syndicated show called Xtreme Youth Alliance and The Sound of Light for teens and now He has blessed me with Chocolate and God! God is never finished with you here on this earth until He takes you home and then guess what….. He still has plans for you!
I am certain that when God spared baby Moses life his Momma knew there was a plan for that little man, little did she know how big that plan was! Have you had someone telling you that there is more for you to do? Are you open to hearing what God has to say about His plans for you? No matter who you are, no matter where you are and believe me, I can tell you from experience, the less you may feel qualified to do what you feel He is telling you to do the more likely you are called to do it! As the old saying goes, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” God’s strength is shown in our weakest areas and moments, don’t underestimate Him.
Seek God today, right where you are and whatever you may be doing. Ask Him to give you a clean heart and a right Spirit so you can hear His voice and you can line your life up with what He has to say. Allow Him to use you to be all that you are called to be today! The best is yet to come if you just follow Him!
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Proverbs 31: 22
She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Typically we look at the Proverbs 31 woman and groan because she seems as though she just has it all together and she does so much and she “did”. You do too, I bet! You may not feel as though you have it all together, none of us do, but I bet you give a lot of yourself to doing and caring and quite often at the end of the day you are spent to the point where you don’t have the energy to even care about brushing your teeth before you go to bed. “sigh” Ladies, that will sooner make you feel as though you don’t have it together than if you were the most unorganized person in the world.
God really convicted me in the middle of the night, the other night when I couldn’t sleep, that I go, go, go and I neglect taking care of myself until the thought of something as simple as brushing my teeth before bed seems like a monumental task! How ridiculous is that? Do I feel at the end of the day as though I have it all together and I must be wonder woman? NO! I feel like I didn’t get enough done because there’s still more to do tomorrow and oh, my word Janet ~ go brush your teeth, one step at a time…… get it done! Seriously Girlfriend, do you think it is the will of God for any of us to act like that? I can tell you first hand He told me, “no” that isn’t what we are called to do and it needs to stop.
It is so easy to get caught up in all that needs to be done that we miss out on the best or we work ourselves into being ill. I watch as some Pastors do the same…… they take on the whole church instead of as Jethro told Moses, “delegate some of this to others while you lead” (Janet Scott Version of the following English Standard Version):
13 The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”
We need to learn to say “no” when necessary and we need to learn to balance out our day so we are taking care of ourselves. Taking care of yourself and the things you are actually called to do will make you feel better than taking on the world and it will also make those around you feel better when they realize you believe in them enough to lead them and allow them to help. If you are a leader or Pastor don’t be afraid to say you are the leader and certainly learn to delegate so you can slow down enough to be fully aware of God’s leading ~ it is possible to get too busy to hear Him, believe me I know!
I would like to encourage each of you today to write down the things you have neglected to do for yourself, make it a goal to start adding those things back into your life. Make a list of those things you feel you need to accomplish in order to be fulfilling God’s will for your life and then balance out the rest of all that is thrown at you to do by not making hasty decisions and saying “yes” because you feel obligated and taking some time to pray asking God to help you bring about the balance you need in order to better serve Him!
“An optimist is someone who believes that a house fly is looking for a way to get out.” George Gene Nathan
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.
Do you ever hear yourself mumbling the words, “Lord, I just don’t know how I am going to get through this, I can’t handle any more!” ? There are times when we are being stretched that we get to that point of feeling as though there is no way we are going to make it even one more day under the pressure, but remember, always, that God is faithful!
Have you ever watched the show “The Biggest Loser”? Those coaches push people to their absolute limits and often they just feel they cannot do it any more and sometimes some of them quit and walk away but if they endure and follow the rules the coaches set down for them they lose weight and they find the victory they are looking for on the other side of it all. They stretch not only muscles in their workouts but they stretch them emotionally often to the breaking point where they are forced to face their “demons” that are holding them back. That is often the way it is when God is trying to “stretch you to a new level in your walk with Him”!
When the heat is turned up on your life and you feel you can’t take it, where are you going to turn? The Psalmist here focused on God’s Word and found hope in it and that is how he made it through all of his struggles. When he felt as though his life was over or about to be and when he had no idea what to do any more he found life in God’s precepts (precept: n – meaning- a rule or principle for action)
When we look for our answers in other things or other people we often get more frustrated and discouraged. We always have to remember that our hope is always found in God! He has all the answers so don’t get frustrated and try to figure it out on your own, get in the Word and find His precepts and His promises for your life and hold onto every word. Don’t allow Satan to discourage you with lies or tempt you to go it alone. God’s love for you is immeasurable so why would you trust in anything or anyone else?
If you need direction or encouragement today God is more than happy to give it. Pour your heart out to Him and focus on His promises and all He has done in the past, whether it is your past or the history of all He has done for people in the Bible. Hold onto His word, allow Him to comfort you and guide you through it and you will find His blessing and peace in it! Walk in faith knowing that God loves you and He does have a plan as it says in one of my favorite verses in the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The best is yet to come just hold on and remain faithful!
“Adversity causes some people to break; others to break records.” William A. Ward