Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God? The God we worship does not operate out of chaos. He does not make His decisions on a whim nor does He live reactively. He is sovereign. He is in control. Omniscient, Omnipotent and omnipresent. He is all seeing, all powerful, and everywhere. God has an order and a plan and nothing catches Him by surprise. Does’t that ease your mind? To think that in this crazy chaotic world, God is still on the throne and still firmly in control. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but you can rest assured that the one who formed the earth and the heavens with his fingers has a firm grasp of all that is happening in this world. I Cor. 14:33 reminds us “He is not a god of confusion, but of Peace.” So the next time you feel a little ansty about your future, remember you are held firmly in the hand of our omnipotent God.
I’ve been reading lately through the books of Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus. Most recently, I have been reviewing all the intricate directions the Lord gave to Moses and Aaron as they were to prepare the various sacrifices and offerings to the Lord. The instructions on how to sacrifice a bird alone is enough to get stressed over. Moses had to write all this down in explicit detail or else Aaron and the Levites would face certain punishment in the presence of our awesome and Holy God. It must have been terrifying for Aaron to offer these sacrifices, especially after two of his sons died because they messed up the incense offering. Thankfully, because of His son Jesus, we don’t have to do these things anymore, but it’s a great reminder to all of us that God cares about the details of how we properly serve Him.
Exodus chapter 32 has always bugged me. This is the story of when Moses begged God to not punish His people, and God actually changes His mind! Now, let’s remember that by this time, Moses is walking with God. He and the Lord have had many conversations and the relationship is strong and intact. Still! Moses is able to convince the sovereign, almighty God to change His mind. But how? I love what Max Lucado says: “This is the promise of prayer! We can change God’s mind! His ultimate will is inflexible, but the implementation of His will is not. He does not change in His character and purpose, but he does alter His strategy because of the appeals of His children. We do not change His intention, but we can influence His actions.” Who knows, God may alter His plans simply because of the fervent prayers of one of His children…even you!
Have you ever felt like the Lord doesn’t hear your prayers? Maybe you feel like God has more important things or people to deal with than you and your problems. Or, perhaps you feel abandoned by the Lord? I want to encourage you to not lose heart today. Continue to worship the Lord while you wait on God. He holds the answer to your issues and He is the source of your strength even when you have grown weary. So be patient. Learn to rest in the restlessness of the waiting period. And then, be willing to let go of the life you have planned for yourself, in order to accept the life God has planned for you. “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Wait on the Lord…and worship while you do so.