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Sunday, August 29, 2010

It so happened....NOT!

17 It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn't lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, "If the people encounter war, they'll change their minds and go back to Egypt." 18 So God led the people on the wilderness road, looping around to the Red Sea. The Israelites left Egypt in military formation.  (Ex. 13:17-18)

Should it amaze anyone that God knows exactly what we can handle?  Yet, it does!  Moses and the people if Israel are being led out of captivity to a wicked Pharoah in Egypt.  They are enjoying the leading of their Mighty God - going before them, preparing each step along the way.  We pick them up on the other side of the land of Pharoah's rule, beginning a journey of a lifetime.  That is what our walk with God is - a journey of a lifetime.

It so happened...not by accident, but exactly by God's purposes.  We often attribute things to fate that we rightly should be attributing to the hand of God and his divine plans in our lives.  I want you to see the tender care of our Mighty God.  He led them, not directly into the battle of their lifetime, but into a region that would allow them to become strong as a people and able to do battle.  God knew that if they faced the "enemy of their lifetime" right out of the gate, so to speak, they'd be crushed emotionally, damaged by their losses.

God does this with us, too.  He calls us out of bondage, places us exactly where we can grow strong for a while, building us up until we are prepared for the battle.  Then, and only then, do we face the enemy in conflict that would previously left us as "damaged goods".  We can rest assured that God brings us exactly the way we need to go - the way that will allow us to grow the strongest and become the people he desires us to be.

I am amazed that God prepares the various "battles" in our lives - allowing us to move out to "tackle" those enemies one by one in the perfect order of his divine timing.  When I attempt to tackle them ahead of his timing, I experience losses that are unnecessary!  When I tackle them in his order, according to his timing, and with his preparation, I enjoy innumerable blessings!  What a lesson to learn, huh?!?

So, the next time you wonder why you are heading the direction God seems to be leading you, you might do well to ask:  What do you want me to learn here, God?  He is likely preparing you for the journey ahead and the enemies you face along the way.  Settle in, learn from his guidance, and be prepared in the waiting!