We have no clue how the pieces of our life fit into God’s plans. His plans are beyond our understanding.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”~ Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Pastor Tiana shared yesterday that the Israelites were facing oppression at the same time God was unveiling His plan for their freedom. When the Pharaoh of Egypt enslaved the Israelites, one of his first acts was to kill all the baby boys being born. Moses was born in that era. His mom placed him in a basket, put him in the water and hoped someone would save him. God’s plan was not in the mind of Moses’ mom. She wanted her son to live, even if he couldn’t live with her. She had no idea he would be the one to free the Israelites from slavery years later. God did. Here is a mom, anguishing over the imminent death of her son and choosing to release him in hopes he could live. God saved him, not just to comfort the grieving mom, but also to further His plan and save His people.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
~Exodus 2:5-6 NIV
Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s household. When the time came, God used Moses to release the Israelites from slavery. Moses’ path wasn’t easy or straight forward. Neither are our lives. We encounter suffering for many reasons. Most reasons we will never know or understand. Sometimes it’s for us to grow. Sometimes it’s for God’s glory. Sometimes it’s to further His plan. Sometimes it’s to help someone else grow (those are hard ones to swallow). Sometimes we have NO idea why it happened. This is where trust in God comes in. Do I trust He has a plan that is better than mine? Do I trust that God is faithful, just, loving, and true? If you don’t, suffering will always feel futile. If you do trust Him and His plans, suffering can have hope and joy in it. You may not know why (you probably won’t know why) but you can trust there is a bigger purpose.
When you see how God works in Moses’ story, in Israel’s story, it’s awesome. God put them into slavery at the same time He brought their deliverer into the world as a baby. He had a plan. He has a plan. He sees the big picture. We can’t. We aren’t capable. We may get glimpses of pieces of the plan from time to time. Those days are fabulous. Mostly, we are in the dark. However, we serve a God who loves us and is trustworthy. I just know the next time I’m facing a struggle (I’m in a few right now actually), I will trust that God is raising up a path out of pain, struggle, suffering. I just don’t know what that path is yet. While we wait, while we grow, while we suffer, while we celebrate – God is at work behind the scenes.
Dream Big! Pray Big!