Take A Stand
Exodus 23:2 – “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We know what is right and what is wrong. God has put it in our heart and He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. But it seems so hard to do what is right when everyone else is doing what is wrong. But morality is not a democracy. No matter how many may call a wrong right, it will not make it right.
My Advice – Be courageous. Do not be timid in taking your stand even when everyone else is against you. If you know in your heart it is right, God will give you the strength to stand against all odds. If God is for you, who can be against you?
Stand Firm & Be Still
Exodus 14:13, 14 – Moses answered the people, “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 be still.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – You need only be still. Usually we either flee in fear, or plunge headlong and recklessly into danger. As a result, instead of never seeing the “Egyptians” again, we fail to see the deliverance that God intended.
My Advice – You will face many “Egyptians’ in life’s journey. You need neither face them down alone, nor will you need to flee from their face. Stand firm in the Lord and see how magnificently He delivers you. Once He delivers, you will never see them again. There may be others to take their place, but the God who delivers once, is more than able to deliver time and again.
Second Guessing God
Exodus 13:17 – When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We are often perplexed by the route that God takes us. We may think that our way is better, shorter or faster. But God, who knows the beginning from the end, who knows what might happen if we take another way, always knows what is best for us. He is interested in us making it to the destination. The trip may be long, but it will be sure.
My Advice – Do not second guess where God leads you. He sees and knows things that we cannot. Trust Him to lead you right, even if it seems wrong or does not make sense to you. In the end, you will see He was right and how much sense it made after all.
God Equips The Called
Exodus 4:10-12 – Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you to speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It’s been said that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. If we felt we were up to the tasks that God calls us to do, perhaps we would be arrogant and too self-sufficient in carrying out the task. And after the task was done, too proud in what we had accomplished.
My Advice – Do not be reluctant to follow the clear calling of God. He will never call you to something that He is not prepared to equip you to carry out. And once you have done it (even as you are doing it), give Him the credit and the praise.
God Intends It For Good
Genesis 50:20 – “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It is often hard to understand some things that happen in our lives. When they are happening, we see only the negative and despair because of it. But God has a plan for our lives, and even the “bad” things that come into our lives will be used by God for some good that will outweigh the bad.
My Advice – Bad things happen to all of us. You do not have to be happy about them. But you can be assured that God will somehow use it for a greater good, whether it is developing our character, being a witness for others, or something else. Sometimes the good that comes (and we may never know about it in this life) could not have come about any other way.
Genesis 40:20 – Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God never deserts us. We may not feel His presence, because of the circumstances, but He is there. And as bad as it might seem, the burden is less than it might have been because He is helping us bear the burden.
My Advice – Whatever situation you find yourself in, be encouraged that God is right there with you. Try focusing on that eternal truth, rather than on the temporary circumstances. You will be surprised to find how much it helps your attitude and your ability to bear up until, when the time is right, God delivers you.
Genesis 32:7, 9 – In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people. Then Jacob prayed. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – How typical of us when we encounter danger or difficulties. Our first reaction, Like Jacob, is to take matters into our hands, by planning and taking action to solve the problem or get out of the situation. Then, almost as an afterthought we bring God into it and ask Him to deliver us. At the very least, this is backwards.
My Advice – Always make it your first priority to seek out God in prayer whenever you face a problem or danger. Do what you can that seems prudent and consistent with God’s Word in the situation, but do not be afraid to wait on God for a solution before taking action. Because sometimes, our actions make matters worse rather than better.