“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
2 Cor. 4:17
Today, God is exposing us to the truth about our situations. Through today’s exposition of God’s mind, you will understand why you feel He has forsaken you, even though He is making all things work together for your good. Romans 8:28.
Do you remember the story of the children of Israel? Do you remember how God saved them from the wicked Egyptians? Do you also remember that when God tried to save them, they still murmured because they saw that the Egyptians they were running from were now behind them? Exodus 13:17-18 explains to us that, “When the king of Egypt let the people go, God did not take them by the road that goes up the coast to Philistia, although it was the shortest way. God thought, “I do not want the people to change their minds and return to Egypt when they see that they are going to have to fight.” Instead, he led them in a roundabout way through the desert towards the Red Sea…”
Amazing God! When the road before you seem like the fastest or shortest route to your destination, God can stop you from going through that path because He has seen ahead of you. In the above scripture, God already knew that if the Israelites went through the road that goes up to the coast of Philistia, they would have to engage in an unavoidable fight with the Philistines. Hence, he made them go through the longest route.
In life, even if you don’t know why God is instructing you to do something, follow Him willingly without complaining or resisting so that you will make the journey even easier for yourself. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, he didn’t start questioning God even though it was difficult. He didn’t even waste time; he just followed God selflessly.
Although God had the Israelites’ best interest at heart, they couldn’t see it. Exodus 14:10-12, “When the Israelites saw the king and his army marching against them, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. They said to Moses, “Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? Did you have to bring us out here in the desert to die? Look what you have done by bringing us out of Egypt! Didn’t we tell you before we left that this would happen? We told you to leave us alone and let us go on being slaves of the Egyptians. It would be better to be slaves there than to die here in the desert.”
This part of that scripture is a sensitive one. It shows how people can easily lose hope and begin to question God’s instructions. Some will even ask God why He didn’t just let them be. Have you forgotten He knows the plans He has for you? Did you not read in His word that all things work together for your good? So why doubt Him? Certainly, men can fail, but God can never fail. Men may seem to come up with a faster solution yet fail, but no matter how long it takes for God to show up, He can never disappoint.
When we understand God’s escape route for our lives, it will make many heavy burdens lighter. No wonder He asks us to bring our heavy burdens and carry His own lighter yoke. Understanding God’s way of saving us from damnation will help us know when God is saving us or our instincts. It will help us to know what our next prayer point should be rather than wasting time on the one God has settled.
In the latter part of that scripture, Moses’ response to the lamentations of the Israelites was, “…Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lord will do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you, and there is no need for you to do anything.” Exodus 14:13-14.
Today, God is saying the same to you. Rely on Him. Don’t fret or be shaken by that phase you’re going through. Just know that God can save you.
God, you’re a loving Father. Your words are new daily, and I find solace in them as they come. I thank you for always seeing me through each trying phase I encounter. Here am I again, Father; I have erred by thinking you’re not with me. Forgive me for my unfaithful thoughts. Please, help me always to find courage in your word. Help me to accept according to your word that “my light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” I know that in the end, I will not have to do anything but hold my peace because you will fight my battle for battles for me. Thank you for answering my prayers. In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.
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