Exodus 6:14 - 7:25 -- This is the part of the bible where the Pharaoh would not let the people in Egypt go. And when Moses performs miracles for God, the pharaoh tried to imitate the miracles with magicians. Eventually, it is when God has cast a plague and later on a storm that the Pharaoh "repented." I put this word in quotations because he does not do so with a sincere heart, as God has already foreseen it.
First, I want to make the point that God uses us despite how imperfect we are, and despite how many weaknesses we may have. Take Moses for instance. Moses was 80 when God came to him. He even questions God asking Him; why should he do it? There are more powerful and well-spoken people out there. But in the end, God chose Moses.
You can see that God chose Moses and called him to do something for His bigger plan. But Moses questions Him and his plans. This is something that we as people tend to do. But we have to know that God has already laid out the details of our lives long ago. He did this when he created the world; light, darkness, air, food. He carefully created the world for us to live in, which tells us that he was already planning something way before he created us.
Guess what? When this happens -- when we question God's plans -- we are saying to God that we don't believe in ourselves and our abilities. We don't think we can do it. And that's sad because it's not that God
doesn't believe in us, it's that we
don't believe in us. And because of that, we are letting God down.
You know, sometimes we don't have to know what
God's bigger plan is. Sometimes we don't even need to know if it's God's work or Satan's work. The holy spirit will tell you when it guides you through the word, prayer, and other signs.
Sometimes, we wake up in the morning, yearning for God to use us immediately. But it doesn't always work that way. He might still be preparing you or saving you for something big
Do we believe that God will use us in his own time? Despite how old or young we are, despite how healthy or sick we are? You know, I asked my friend this once. I said to him, as a non-believer, if God performed a miracle for you, would you start believing that there really is a God? You know what his response is? He said it depends
on how he feels
. If he is having a good day, he will probably just shrug it off. If he is having a hard time, he might try praying -- but if God doesn't do anything, he will probably just choose not to believe.
And that's how it is with us. We are humans and we act a lot on how we feel
. We need to soften up our hearts through obedience. What does it mean to have a hard heart? It is the opposite of when God commands us, we choose to obey, not knowing what will happen in the future, but still trusting in His promise. It means that we act on how we feel and not on faith -- to act by faith, not by sight. It means that instead of letting God have full control of of us, we are trying to be the one who makes decisions in our lives.
Let me give you a reminder that, when we encounter situations where we wonder why things happen and if it's really a part of God's plan, we have to make it a habit to talk to God and ask Him ourselves. This is important because Satan plays a lot on our emotions and feelings, so we can't trust ourselves to come up with the right answer to why something happens.
So let me ask you this. What would the world be without God? Without God, the world would be chaotic. There would be no faith, hope or thought that someone is watching over us, protecting us. There would be no belief that there are bigger plans for us, to be
someone and to do something amazing. I really can't imagine living in a world without God.
Now, let me ask you this. Do you want to be taken care of by God or do you want to be in control of your own life? Lack of repentance is not just a failure to turn away from sin, but an idolatrous declaration against God saying, 'I will be my own god!'
We have to go to God with an obedient and soft heart. We have to repent with sincere hearts. We have to act when God calls us to, and not doubt in his plans. We have to have faith, hope, love and knowledge that God has plans to us and that he is a saving God.
There are a few times where I have doubted God, doubted his existence. But, I have to acknowledge the fact that God always wins. He doesn't have to prove anything to me; yet he chooses to use me, and for that I will be forever grateful to be a child of God. Thank you for the love you have shown and given to me. Help me to be obedient and have a soft heart.When have you been used by God and had to be obedient to his plans? Have you ever tried to be disobedient to the Lord's plan? What results from that? What encouragement can you give those who, like Moses, are feeling a strong calling on their lives?