God Has a Plan for You

The Lord will fight for you.

 

Today I wanted to focus on a spiritual battle that perhaps many of us adults who are parents or leaders in children’s ministry may be fighting.  It can be an incredible understatement to say the times in which we are living are difficult.  Most of us are facing personal challenges in one way or another.   The thing is, it’s almost impossible to effectively teach our kids to trust God, when we are caught frequently displaying outward signs of fear and anxiety. Kids see that sort of thing.  I say this because I have lived it first-hand.  I’m guilty of sometimes not living out, in peace, the trust which I so boldly teach.

Lately I’ve been spending some time in the Book of Exodus, and I found myself completely intrigued with Exodus 14.  This is the part where Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt, and God instructs him to lead the people away from Canaan and toward the Red Sea.  This action would cause Pharaoh (whose heart it says God had re-hardened) to think that the Israelites were confused and simply wandering around, lost.   As Pharaoh’s army cased after the children of Israel, it appeared quite clearly that God’s chosen people were doomed.  In fact they cried out to the Lord and to Moses that it would have been better for them to remain slaves in Egypt than die in the desert!

Moses remained faithful to the vision that God had placed in him, and he encouraged his people by telling them, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)

The Israelites were not faithful in believing that the same God who had seen them through so many obstacles could be trusted once more.  They doubted the Lord and feared He had abandoned them!

We know how the story goes…and of course God had a plan already in place.  It wasn’t evident at the moment He asked them to change directions.  It wasn’t evident until the very last moment.  But God was faithful.

Can you relate to the Israelites’ doubt during this time?  I can.  Are you wandering around today, feeling stressed about the uncertainty of life? Have you forgotten that God has a plan to bless you?  Have you really given it to Him and just… let it go?

If you’re fighting a battle on your own, and feeling emotionally, spiritually or even physically exhausted, remember that God has promised to take care of whatever is causing you anxiety, worry or fear.  Find rest in the arms of our Lord.  He is waiting there to rescue you!

In the battles you are facing, what do you need the Lord to do for you?  Use the phrases I’ve listed below to fill in this statement:

THE LORD WILL _______________________FOR ME.  I NEED ONLY BE STILL.

*provide peace

*make things happen

*take care of my situation

*provide His strength

*fight my battle

*take care of my worries

*watch after my family

*resolve this problem

You can follow Lisa on twitter @lisastrnad and she blogs regularly at talkinglikeagirl.

 

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Cindi Leigh
Cindi Leigh

Amen! Thank you sweet Lord.\U0001f49d

Dee
Dee

Ok, that's confirmation for me for a third time now, I have been hearing God say to be still. Thank you so much for posting this. I have struggled with this so many times, just letting it go and letting God do it. I am done holding on to this baggage! I am trusting in Him!

Wendi
Wendi

For me, this was a timely message! Thank you! A group from my church just came back from Isreal and they commented on how unpleasant the desert is and how miserable it must have been. My trials have made me less judgemental of the Isrealites and various characters God uses in the Bible because faith in situations that appear hopeless is not a walk in the park! I am also encouraged by Bible stories to know God's plan is for our good.

Kathy
Kathy

Thank you for this kick in the pants...have had several "what if" moments this past few weeks of course they are following such a time of obvious blessings from God....it seems to be a pattern for humans since Exodus! Get a view of obvious miracles... followed by fear and grumbling! What is our problem? Oh, yep...doubt, fear, short term memory issues! God is good, Thanks for reminding me to BE STILL as an example to my watching children. I have to show them trust in uncertainty.....based on God's promises to us. KL

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Thank you for sharing that very personal struggle, Cindy. I admire the fact that you have trusted God through what I would call the most difficult of situations. When my husband was very sick, and almost died three times, I was angry at God. How could my husband dying possibly give Him more glory than healing him? It was a very human, one-deminsional question. In my most dire times God blessed me with the peace that no matter what happened, He would take care of me and my boys. I came to the place where I was (obviously) hopeful that my husband would be healed on this side of Heaven, but trusted God, no matter what. *I had days where I would fall short of this... but there was a new found peace that I know came from giving control back to God. My husband and I both still sometimes struggle with fear of "what if", but our kids are old enough now where we can discuss that struggle with them. They see us coming, as a couple--sometimes as a family, back to the Lord for direction and rescue.

Cindy Navarro
Cindy Navarro

Ori, I have had to do both of the things you have mentioned. We were blessed that food always did show up, and I know that God's provision truly is a blessing. It has made me much more aware of those who still go to bed hungry and more willing to share what I have with others and grateful for what I do have. My first child died when he was just a few weeks old. Again, I miss him to this day (& we would be 37), but God gave me the strength I needed to go through this, plus the assurance that I will one day be reunited with my son. On your own, you can't handle these problems. At least, I know that I couldn't. But God will be with you no matter what happens and you can ALWAYS trust Him!!!

Ori
Ori

My difficulty is that God's plans might involve suffering, either for my or my kids. So far, we've been incredibly lucky. Most parents who ever lived had to worry about feeding the kids, and have had to bury some of them. I don't know if I could handle either problem. BTW, when will I be able to buy the next DVD?

Cindy Navarro
Cindy Navarro

Lisa, this is so true and we do sometimes forget that God is in control and we can always rely on Him as we travel through our personal wilderness. Our kids are watching us to see how we react...which can seem overwhelming and scary, too...but our actions during times of turmoil can be a strong faith-builder for them. Thanks for this reminder, since we all sometimes have those panic-stricken moments when we believe we have to do it all. May God bless!!!