25 Apr Do you feel like quitting?
Jeremiah 29:11 says…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We all have great plans for our life, according to God’s promise to us…
So why do some people fall short? Why do some people never enter into their promised land and live a life less than what God intended for them?
I believe the story of Moses & the Israelites is a great illustration for us, of people who were promised great blessing from God—yet they fell short because of their lack of faith and trust in God—and their continuous murmuring and complaining.
A seven-year famine was responsible for God’s chosen people ending up in Egypt. At the time Joseph was in charge, second in command under Pharaoh, and initially the people flourished under his leadership. But eventually a new king came into power and was threatened that the Israelite population began to grow and prosper. So they ordered them slaves to the Egyptians.
(The enemy is always after the anointing of God on your life, and will always oppose the blessing before it comes…so don’t be surprised when it does!)
But God hears their cries and sends Moses and Aron to rescue them. He sends plagues (he permits problems to drive them out of Egypt and into their promised land! You see pressure pushes you—it promotes you!) After the last of the ten plagues (the death of the firstborn sons), Pharaoh finally agrees to release the Israelites.
Moses was called to lead the Israelite people out of Egypt and out of slavery, into their promised land—a land flowing with milk and honey.
In Exodus 3:8 (Moses’ burning bush experience) the Lord promises Moses:
And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
That’s the promise.
At times, that journey didn’t look PROMISING. They faced so many pressures along the way, but you’ll see all the way from Exodus to Numbers that even in the midst of pressure that the Israelite people were always protected, and God always provided for them. Let’s recall a few examples:
- God’s protection of the Israelites in the midst of the plagues of Egypt
- The miracle of the pillar of cloud and fire.
- The parting of the red sea and God’s victory over the Egyptian army.
- The sweetening of the bitter water at Marah.
- The miracle of the manna, bread from heaven.
Yet despite the constant demonstration of the goodness of God—every time there was pressure or perceived problems, the Israelites found themselves blaming man (blaming Moses) instead of trusting in God and forgetting about all of the miracles performed by God—his constant goodness and faithfulness. Their lack of faith was a direct reflection on their lack of trust to the Lord.
Sometimes God isn’t so concerned about our situation as He is in how we respond to it.
He wants us to trust him, as he already has a solution in mind, so long as we come to him and have faith in him to work all things out for our good. Romans: 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
It amazes me how close they get their promised land, yet most of them never made it. When they arrived at Kadesh Barnea, which bordered the Promised land of Canaan, they sent twelve spies to survey the land. Ten of them had a negative report: “there are giants in the land. We seemed like grasshoppers compared to them!” Except for Joshua and Caleb who had a good report. But what did the Israelites do? They believed the negative report of the ten despite the blessing they had seen from the Lord time and time again to provide and protect.
You see, the enemy will always send a bad report to get you to turn around…back to what was…to turn away…to turn away from God’s promises and from trusting him. Whose report do you believe today? Are you believing the report of the Dr? What the media says? What your friends say? OR are you drawing upon the promises and provision of God that you’ve seen in your life, and that is also found in God’s word.
The Israelites believed the negative report. And immediately they began grumbling, and wishing they could go back to Egypt AGAIN and again. They wanted to give up too easily, camp in the places of complacency instead of facing their giants with faith and pressing in to their promised land. They wanted to go back to bondage rather than press through the wilderness and into the promised land They didn’t have a problem—they WERE the problem! Camping in the places of complacency…going back to the place of comfort (being a slave) because the journey is “too hard”.
How many of us keep wanting to go back to “What was”? We want to camp in the place of complacency or comfort. We continue to wander in the wilderness. We wallow in our sorrow and in the pain of the past. We complain how hard things are as we press on to our journey to greatness. We want to go back to what was—yet was it necessarily easier where we started?
Only one year ago we were stripped from 90 percent of our income. It was stolen from us and we could not even afford Christmas presents. It was a hard, hard year for us. I wanted to quit, I didn’t want to keep loving and keep caring so much for people. All it had done is brought me hurt and betrayal. Our town turned against us, our church turned against us and I felt abandoned and so alone with nothing left to give. My marriage was completely falling apart because the high level of stress we were under. So many lies and untruths were spread about us when our heart and motives had only been to follow God. And then to top all of this off Nevaeh go a bacterial infection in her foot which quickly turned to osteomyelitis, so we spent months in the hospital and she almost lost her leg and Then Charles got a flesh eating disease swimming in west hawk lake and again we were in the hospital with the realization that he might very well loss his leg as well.
I started having extreme panick attacks again and was in the hospital 2 times because they were so intense. It felt so very dark and I felt so alone and clung to my Saviour like never before. I felt like quitting, I think we all have. But I slowly started to forgive, every day I forgave again and again and some days I still have to forgive. I kept getting back up when I had no strength and I clung to my saviour and he provided the will and the strength.
DO NOT let satan steal God’s plan for you life.
Press on in the midst of pressure, trust that it is being used to groom us and grow us–challenge us and change us–that we will make it to our promised land if we just keep an attitude of faith and keep pressing on during the journey.
Walk by faith and not by sight!
Lets do this ladies!!