September 1, 2020
Solutions That Don’t Appear Like Solutions
LORRAINE EDWARDS, COMPEL Training Member
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“The LORD mentioned to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to me? Inform the folks of Israel to go ahead.��” Exodus 14:15 (ESV)
After I turned a Christian, I knew there have been depths in my soul that wanted therapeutic. A noticeable hole separated me from the proclaimed freedom present in Christ.
I might see this freedom in different folks’s lives however felt misplaced in methods to get it for myself. A delicate whispering someplace inside me mentioned, “There’s greater than this.”
At present’s world pushes an ideological promise that a “higher you” is one e book away, one tablet away or a number of counseling classes away. Having discovered these guarantees to be for naught, I nonetheless discovered it tough to just accept all Jesus needed to provide.
I felt like God needed me to begin speaking about issues I had stored meticulously hidden — and I didn’t need to.
Breaking the sound barrier of my previous turned the mountain vary between who I had been and who God was main me to be. My frustration with what I didn’t need to do, mingled with the promise of freedom, introduced me to a spot the place the urge to proceed started to outweigh my worry of God’s unknown.
I stood in silence, ready for a solution from the Lord that match my standards of a solution. I needed Him to inform me precisely what to do.
If I’m trustworthy, I needed to have the ability to blame God if His plan didn’t go nicely.
In Exodus 14, the Israelites had been backed right into a nook, the wilderness and the Pink Sea on three sides and Egypt in full pursuit on the fourth. God responded to Moses’ silent pleas in Exodus 14:15-16, “The LORD mentioned to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to me? Inform the folks of Israel to go ahead. Elevate up your employees, and stretch out your hand over the ocean and divide it, that the folks of Israel might undergo the ocean on dry floor’” (ESV).
Ahead won’t seem to be a lot of a solution. I’m positive it didn’t seem to be a solution for the Israelites whose “ahead” was the Pink Sea. The definition of “ahead” in keeping with Google is “within the course that one is going through or touring, towards the entrance,” and, “onward in order to make progress, towards a profitable conclusion.”
Time and again, I had cried out to God for a solution, and right here it was with not one of the attributes I assumed it might have. Merely go ahead — and but in some way, I knew precisely what He was telling me.
When God speaks, the reassurance of His fact is expressed extra clearly than probably the most detailed of instructions. His responses hardly ever come how we predict they’ll, they usually hardly ever make sense.
Many occasions, God offers solutions that don’t seem to be solutions. However I feel that’s as a result of He’s answering a cry in our hearts that even we don’t perceive. He sees what’s on the opposite aspect of our Pink Sea. He’s conscious of our wilderness and the approaching assault of our Egypt.
Typically His reply is, “Why do you cry to Me? Go ahead.”
Heavenly Father, You’re my ahead, and in You, there is no such thing as a worry. Remind me, Lord, in occasions of uncertainty, that whereas I could not perceive the trail I’m on, Your name is irrevocable, and Your course is faultless. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Philippians 3:14, “I pressure to succeed in the top of the race and obtain the prize for which God is asking us as much as heaven due to what Christ Jesus did for us.” (TLB)
Ephesians 3:20, “Now all glory to God, who is ready, via his mighty energy at work inside us, to perform infinitely greater than we’d ask or suppose.” (NLT)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Do you have got standards for God’s response to your prayer? How would possibly that standards restrict your means to see His response?
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