The last few days the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt has been coming to mind. As I have reflected and meditated upon it, some of my journey’s have reflected this scenario. It’s always interesting to me how we can be resistant to change. Unless our circumstances become uncomfortable enough to drive us forward, we prefer to stay in our happy little spot.
This discomfort, whatever it might be for us, has been my guiding light to understanding God‘s hand at work. It’s easy to accept blessings from God that bring about changes in our lives, like a job advancement with a raise (How nice is that one?) We receive money we weren’t expecting (another nice one?). These are nice things to receive, but Job asks, “shall we only accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” Job got it! He recognized God in all circumstances.
The Israelites were a welcome guest in Egypt, at first. This was when Joseph was in second of command. The Egyptians had been appreciative of the wisdom God gave Joseph in handling the food storage, which kept them from starving during the famine that hit the land. As the generations who knew Joseph died, others took their place. The gratefulness once had, was forgotten and fear and suspicion took over, plummeting the Israelites into slavery, as to control their numbers and settle the fear they could over power the Egyptians.
With the harsh treatment from their task masters and little care to their sick, elderly and children, the Israelites became very unhappy. It took a very long time to bring them to the point of calling out in earnest to God for help.
Interesting thing to keep in mind here is that while this was happening, God has been orchestrating behind the scenes, bringing together not just the salvation of the Israelites, but preparing the one sent to deliver them, Moses. As well as preparing the promise land. It might prove interesting to note, that those people in the promise land had been given many, many years to repent of their ways. It’s been said that their lifestyle if mingled with the Israelites would have spread the worship of idols as well as the diseases they carried. God didn’t want this for the Israelites. God’s command was to clear the land of the people that lived there. They were to be destroyed in war.
I have to really broaden my mind to consider how much detail God considers and orchestrates as He moves His plans along. So much we aren’t aware of. So many lives He touches in magnificent ways to bring one plan together.
When I ponder Enoch, “Enoch walked with God, then God took him” Gen 5:24. I consider the relationship they had was intimate. I want that intimacy with God too. I yearn for it. It’s that intimacy that brings us into line with His will, in hearing His voice. Intimacy is the very essence of what a relationship is. It’s that moment you’re with someone and you can finish their thought or feel their pain when they are on the other side of the city. There is a connection. It grows as we spend time getting to know them. It’s coming out of ourselves, putting aside our needs and wants to seek who they are and how they think. Love is powerful. God has that kind of love for us. He knows what were thinking and how were feeling.
Part of getting to know God is learning to be obedient. Obedience is giving honor to who He is and His place in our lives.
“[God Disciplines His Sons] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”- Hebrews 12:1
Through obedience we learn to be watchful of His direction and move accordingly. We can see what season it is by observing the weather. Likewise, we can see what He is doing by being sensitive to Him.
The staff represents God Himself, His provision, wisdom and direction, Psalms 23. Finally Jacob leans on it in his old age. It really is a beautiful verse encouraging us that it doesn’t matter how old we are, we are never too old be intimate with Papa God and to lean on and rely completely on Him.
- Faith (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)