Assumption #5: God’s battle plan is known.
Something to keep in mind, as with all of scripture, is the greater context of a passage. This includes who was speaking, whom they were speaking to, why, and how it all fits into the bigger picture of God’s redemptive work.
In this Exodus 14 section of scripture, we’re given a glimpse of God’s intent and several other factors. He tells Moses what to say to the Israelites, what He plans to do, and why. This is rarely the case today. We find great hope in reading how God showed up for the Israelites. The enemy was after them and they were surrounded by land and sea without visible means of escape. Their minds and hearts were flooded with fear because the only solution they saw was what they could foresee. Not what God saw all along.
Each of our situations are different. Each of us play a part in God’s overall purpose throughout time.
We cannot presume God will do for us what He did for someone else. If we do, we will experience disappointment, discouragement, and even despair, because our hope was in our plan. Not His.
Consider this scenario: someone shares details about a tough circumstance. Someone else responds with words intended for encouragement, “But the Lord will fight for you! You only need to be still.”
The one who’s struggling may not hear encouragement. Instead, they feel pressure to “suck it up” and defer to God, because He will fight for them. Their honest depiction of challenge is suddenly deemed not okay and a false sense of "okay-ness" seems required.
Rather than listening and responding to God’s leading for their unique situation, they might give up instead. If God is asking us to step into hard things, and we deny the strength and courage He gives to walk through it, we miss out on so much of God’s power in our lives.
When we read verses like this one in Exodus, may we remember our motivations and understandings are not wholly accurate. Even so, God’s is.
May we not let the enemy use a passage in scripture as a stumbling block for active faith. May we seek God repeatedly as He shapes our hearts for His truth applied in our lives.
He speaks life to weary souls. May we receive what God intends, and not meanings based on our expectations and limitations. He is the courage-giver and we are courage-receivers. We may need to remain still and wait for something He wants to do, or move forward to see how He shows up along the way.
If you’re unsure of what that looks like today, I’m praying for you.
Jolene Underwood is an emotional health warrior and soul care mentor. She draws upon her personal journey towards emotional health, her psychology background, and passion for counseling to help others cultivate a life well-lived no matter the circumstance. She also leads a community called Rise Up Writers which offers practical and spiritual care for the life of a Christian communicator. Connect with her online via YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest at @theJoleneU or via the Cultivated Life Newsletter.Want help connecting with God through His Word? Grab this limited-time FREE resource. Cultivate Connection Sheet.
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