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.
I Got This One God
Genesis 15:6, 8 – Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. But Abram said, “O, Sovereign Lord, how can I know?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Abram believed that God could do the “impossible” (give him countless offspring when he was so old), but doubted He would deliver on the easy things (give him possession of the land). God is a God of the possible and the impossible, we should not doubt Him.
My Advice – Do not be reluctant to take both your hard and easy problems to God. We sometimes have a tendency to “do it ourselves” on the small stuff, reserving the big stuff for God. Often, the small things turn into big things that might have been avoided if we went to God at the outset.
Genesis 12:1 – The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a land I will show you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We always want God to show us what His will is and cannot understand when he “fails” to do so. Sometimes it is because we still want to hang onto what we have; not realizing that we cannot take hold of what He wants to bless us with if our hands are already full. He will show us, if we are willing to let go.
My Advice – Receiving God’s blessings will sometimes mean letting go of something we are clinging to. It may not be as dramatic as Abram’s story, but will most likely fall into one of two categories. The blessings He wants to give us are greater than what we have or He cannot bless us because what we are hanging onto is not good to begin with. Be willing to let go.
Did God Really Say
Genesis 3:1, 4 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Satan does not often start with outright contradiction of God’s Word. First, he calls us to question it (‘did God really say?”). This may be combined with distortion or misinterpretation of the Word (“you must not eat from any tree?”) that makes God seem unreasonable. Eventually he will take us where he wanted to all along – disagreeing with God’s Word (“you will not.”)
My Advice – Be careful with teachings and philosophies that question, distort, misinterpret, manipulate or contradict God’s Word. They may be subtle and seem small and innocent enough, but if we give Satan a foothold, He will always lead us into something bigger and much less innocent.