I’m back on track today with our “Now Faith” series. Can you believe there are only three more weeks in 2013?!?! I can’t think of a better way to spend them than with our hearts and eyes set on the greatness of a God whose very characteristics compel us to the Now Faith He desires as He reveals His vision to us.
God is wise!
God is wise, and we are not.
Unless our wisdom is from Him, it is foolishness, and His ways won’t always make sense because, as Paul explains in I Corinthians 1:20-28:
- God makes foolish the wisdom of this world.
- The foolishness of God is wiser than men.
- The weakness of God is stronger than men.
- God chooses the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise.
- God chooses the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.
- He chooses the base things of the world and the things which are despised.
- He chooses the things which are not to bring to nothing the things that are.
Therefore, our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (I Corinthians 2:5), because God in His infinite intelligence already knows exactly how He’s going to achieve His plans, and He has a reason for every detail and its timing.
Even if what He’s asking makes no sense according to the way we think it should be done or the way everyone else does it, we need to move forward according to His wisdom.
Right after God tells Moses He’s sending Him to Pharaoh to demand the release of the Israelites, He tells Moses He’s sure the king of Egypt will not let them go, not even by a mighty hand. What’s more, God tells Moses HE is the one who is going to harden Pharaoh’s heart so he won’t let them go. How’s that for feeling set up for failure?!?!
Pharaoh isn’t going to cooperate and God knows it, and He sends Moses with demands of freedom ten times before it ever works!!!
What we have to remember is failure in our eyes may be forward movement in God’s plan.
As the story of Moses unfolds in Exodus, God reveals His reasons for what we likely would have deemed unfair and unreasonable ways:
- So the Israelites would have favor with the Egyptians, plundering them as they left (3:19-22);
- So His wonders would be multiplied in the land of Egypt (11:9), and the Egyptians would know He is the LORD (7:3-5 and 14:4);
- So His name would be declared in all the earth (9:16); and,
- So Moses would know He is Lord and could tell of the signs of God in the hearing of his son and his son’s sons (10:1-2).
When Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go, God doesn’t lead them by the quickest route, “lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt” (Exodus 13:17). No! He takes His people the long way through the wilderness, where they find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea.
So God miraculously parts the Red Sea, delivering the Israelites across on dry land and drowning Pharaoh’s army behind them, only to lead them forty years in the desert to humble and test them as to what is in their hearts, whether they will keep His commandments or not; to make them know “that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).
We get to read the story of the Exodus with the benefit of knowing God’s reasons, but imagine being Moses and living it out! Maybe you are experiencing this type of scenario, knowing God’s given you a specific vision and feeling like you’re running into nothing but roadblocks.
When I quit my job as an account executive at a public relations agency in Houston to sell Mary Kay and stay home with my kids, it was foolishness to the world. But it served a purpose for income at the time. While I didn’t realize my dream of speaking to the masses as a national sales director, the time I spent in Mary Kay taught me what I know today about public speaking.
When James quit his union-protected truck driving job to build houses (see Unbelievable but True: A Trucker’s Road to CEO) with no guarantee of benefits, income, or success, it was foolishness to the world. It was a giant step of faith, but we trusted God’s wisdom.
Whatever God does or allows, including obstacles, challenges, and the foolish, He has a reason.
He is wise, and we are not.
That is why we must trust in the LORD with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding; but in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)!
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