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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Waiting With Open Eyes"

Date published: 03/17/2014
Exodus 5:23 “Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and You have not rescued Your people at all." (NIV) 

How often do you feel you are at the center of God’s will doing His work and yet the physical circumstances are anything but what you would expect when God is involved and on your side?   How could things go so poorly or be so difficult, if you are doing God’s will? We tend to view our circumstances from what we want and desire and not from an eternal perspective of what God is doing and where He is going. 1 Samuel 16:7 “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." Even though you may have heard God and are doing His will, several things could be happening:

  • You may be corrupting His work with your desires and methods.
  • God may be preparing you to handle what He is calling you to do. 
  • Your expectations may not be God’s expectations. You may be viewing success from the world’s perspective and not God’s.
  • God may be using your circumstances as an example to affect the lives of others.

It is often difficult to tell exactly what God is doing, but your response is the same – you are to trust God, continue to seek His direction and influence, and allow Him to be Lord. A little later In Exodus 14:13-14 Moses responds to his people with a changed perspective and resolution, “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.’"    

Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (NIV)