How often do we limit God by boxing Him in with our expectations?
For four hundred years, the Israelites served the Egyptians, and all that time they cried out for God to rescue them. However, their deliverance didn’t look like what they expected. In Exodus 5, Moses and Aaron first asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel to go offer sacrifices, and I am sure they expected Pharaoh to cooperate. However, Pharaoh not only refused to let them go but also made life more difficult for the Israelites. Even when God reaffirmed His plan to deliver His people, the Israelites couldn’t hear it; “Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery” (Ex. 6:9).
How often do we prefer a negative status quo to the adventure of stepping out in faith to pursue God’s plan and calling? In Exodus 14:12, the children of Israel, barely released from slavery in Egypt, see Pharaoh pursuing them and say to Moses that “it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” After spending 400 years asking God to deliver them from the Egyptians, the first time they face difficulty, they wish they were back in the familiar.
I truly believe God has great things in store for each person He has created. If you are alive, there is a purpose for your life! The question is whether we will be courageous enough to pursue those dreams God has placed in our hearts.
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