Go Forward!

Exodus 14:15   (NLT)   Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!

The sea before them; Pharaoh and his mighty Egyptian army was behind them; the Israelites, in fear, were complaining to and blaming Moses for their seemingly fatal predicament. God tells Moses to tell the Israelites to get moving. That’s a statement of Exodus 14.15 - Go Forwardfaith. God told them to do what they needed to do despite the seemingly impossible scenario. God gave His command as if there was no sea in front of them.

If something has to be done, it does not matter how impossible the situation is—how wide the ocean, how insurmountable the mountain, how challenging the challenge, how impenetrable the obstacle, how problematic the problem, how serious the sickness, how expensive the cost—we have to act in faith, get up, and get moving. And we will see how God will split the sea for us; move the mountains out of the way; solve our problems; remove the obstacles; or just simply carry us in His mighty arms through all of them.

Dear God, it’s You Who gives us the confidence that nothing we face in life can ever stop us from reaching our destiny, from doing what needs done, from accomplishing our missions. Because you’re present, we don’t have to be stopped; we have a God who’s infinitely much bigger and greater than any hurdle, and more powerful than any enemy. As we’ve probably heard before: we look not at the bigness of our problems; we look at the bigness of our God. With that, nothing—no one scares us; we keep moving, pressing on towards the mark—our temporary destinies here on earth and our eternal, high, heavenly calling in our precious Lord Jesus.

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Out of Comfort Zone

Job 31:34   (KJV)   34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?

Job was asking a rhetorical question. He didn’t fear what people would say or how people would act towards Him—even unfavorable ones. He obviously cared for His reputation—and rightly so; we’re called to let our light shine before men—not for self-タマゴglorification, but for God’s glory. But He didn’t allow anyone to paralyze him to seclusion.

Not everyone is a people person. This is me. I’d rather be in my room or alone rather than socialize—even in party settings. I believe there are many others like me. But we don’t allow this to derail us or shun us from our responsibilities, mission, calling, and destiny. Our destiny is too great for us to allow others to steal it away from us. No, no threat from them, no amount of demeaning criticisms—truth or lies, no belittling looks, no smirks, no condemning accusations will keep us trapped in our comfort zones. We won’t be kept hiding “behind doors.” We break out of it, we grow, we broaden our horizon, and we keep moving farther, higher, deeper, bigger.

Dear God, we realize that You’ve created everyone of us differently—fearfully and wonderfully, but differently nonetheless, and that’s good; that’s very good; that’s how You operate. May we never complain about the way you designed us, rather, may we seize the strengths and the good about our personalities and use them as leverage to take us to each higher step. May we never make a “god” out of people by abdicating our future into their control. With You always being with us, may we face every situation and every person with a realistic yet faith-filled attitude about ourselves, about others, and about life as we keep progressing in our journey—facing each challenge day after day with neither fear nor intimidation, but with courage and boldness. It will take a lot for many of us to develop such attitude, but all things are possible with You and for those who believe in You.

Shaken

Esther 2:8   (KJV)   So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

Beyond her control, Esther’s life was drastically and dramatically changed. Before this, there was nothing spectacular about her life prior to what we know now. But her life was Esther 2.8 - Shakenchanged suddenly because of a king’s edict—an imperial king who would eventually become her husband.

Our lives get shaken once and a while—like everyone else’s. When that happens, others get extremely troubled. There’s confusion, there’s doubt, there’s denial, and even loss of faith. But contingencies are real. They’re inevitable, no matter how well laid out our plans and preparations are. But when unexpected things happen that shake us, even at times to the very core of our being, as unpleasant as they may seem; as out of control as they may be, we don’t lose our peace; we don’t lose sleep over them. Instead, we flow with what God allows—restfully, knowing that He will work out everything for our best.

Our most trustworthy God, You’re in control of everything; this is very reassuring to us. No matter what happens, we know there’s not a time and there will never be a time when things are not working out for our best. You are able to—in your incomprehensible wisdom—accomplish that. Help us to see how You’re not just allowing and tolerating situations as You carry us and protect us through them, but You utilize those seemingly unpleasant surprises to direct us, and even catapult us to our destiny. Who can equal to such wisdom? Thank You Dad, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

New Things Waiting

Isaiah 48:6   (KJV)   Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

God isn’t finished with us yet. His callings are irrevocable; He doesn’t change His mind about them, but it doesn’t mean God is stuck with them when it comes to His dealings Isaiah 48.6 - New Things Awaitingwith us. He continues to show us new things—things we don’t have clues about.

We have a very creative God; He Is That He Is. He’s an ever present God. He’s not and will never be stuck in the past. He doesn’t disclose or pour out everything He has for us all at once; otherwise, we’ll be overwhelmed; we may break or explode. He reveals them, slowly, in His perfect timing.

King Solomon wrote: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). This may seem like a contradiction but it isn’t. What God slowly unveils to us may not be new “under the sun” but they may be new to us. I love the fact that our Father has got everything already covered. New discoveries and inventions may have people’s names attached to them, but the Lord really is the ultimate Source of everything. People discover what they discover because they are there to discover. People succeed in their inventions because working and consistent laws are already in place; God gives the ideas; God gives the understanding.

So we faithfully live out the truths we already know. We’re fully content. But contentment and stagnation aren’t the same. We keep walking—forward in our journey as His children—in contentment and rest, always expecting new things from the throne room of our God and Father. It doesn’t matter how old we are; we’re still alive. This means our heavenly Father still has new things awaiting us—one layer after the other. We’re excited.

Leader: Rejection to Acceptance

Acts 7:35   (KJV)   35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

Moses was rejected His own people, but He was accepted, chosen, called, and sent by God. Forty years after he fled the land of his rejection, he went back and led his people out of slavery, out of cruel bondage. At Moses’ very first attempt to mediate between two of his acts-7-35-leader-rejection-and-acceptancequarreling people, he and his efforts were not received well. After God’s commission, and after God’s miraculous backing up of His servant, Moses was finally accepted by his people as God’s man. The man who originally rejected Moses was probably one of those who eventually benefited from the deliverance.

People can change. Not all do, but some do. Those who dislike us now may like us later; our most hostile foe may become our most ardent friend. We may not fully understand how our Sovereign Lord can direct even kings’ hearts like a watercourse to bring them to His desired end without violating their free will, but He’s able. Often, He works on surroundings, environments, and situations to carry out His plans. Oh the depths of His wisdom!!!

But even if people don’t change their antagonistic attitude towards us, we’re fine; we have God who continuously extends His loving arms of invitation, and loves us just the way we are. His plans for us are always greater than our plans. His timing is always better than ours; His timing is perfect. He can turn things around. When our visions and dreams don’t find fulfillment right away, we don’t stop dreaming and hoping. God’s callings in our lives are without repentance. We just wait, with faith and patience. As things unravel, we see God orchestrating all factors necessary: situations, events, even nature and people, to bring about our destiny-fulfillment.

Unstoppable

Exodus 11:3   (KJV)   3 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

God has ways and means of changing people’s attitudes without violating their free will. God is in control; He will work out everything according to His purpose. Those who consider others as enemies can change and see those enemies as friends. Those who abuse their workers can change and honor those workers for being a huge help to them. Those who consider someone in a very negative light can change and see their greatness instead.

God is Sovereign. Even when things seem to be getting out of hand, even when He seems very silent and uninvolved, even when evil seems to be winning and growing. There are specific times in history when God’s handiwork becomes absolutely obvious; when no matter how people act or react, whatever they think, whatever they say or do, however flagrant their rebellion is; pertinent people, things, and events move clearly towards righteousness.

People may not even associate the events with God’s work or intervention, but the momentum becomes unstoppable. The government, mainstream media, Hollywood, educational system, politicians, and many other powerful and influential individuals or groups may unite against God and His people, but all their billions of dollars and their endless rhetoric will even work against them. When God declares special favor upon a person, or His people, favor comes like an unstoppable flood; there’s nothing His enemies can do. So we live in Him; we seek, pursue, and exalt Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. Against the torrents of hypocrisy, lies, and abusive attacks, we have peace, knowing we’re on the right side, and His favor is upon us.

The Light of the World

John 8:12   (KJV)   12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

God wants us to see clearly, knowing where we are, with a clear sight of our destiny—the wonderful future He has prepared for us. He doesn’t want us lost, groping in darkness. He john-8-12-the-light-of-the-worldmakes sure our paths are lit well; He Himself is the light that illuminates our world and brightens our lives. (Thank You Lord). He leads the way where we should go. We—His followers are sure of our steps; we avoid stumbling and falling.

It’s difficult to move in darkness, much more to walk in it or live in it. But darkness is real; darkness abounds, and there are many of us who are still there. There is darkness in the mind: people are plagued with debilitating worries, erroneous beliefs, and destructive opinions. We have darkness in our hearts: many are sad, angry, and ashamed. There is darkness in our world: we see chaos, pride, hatred, and unbridled lust.

Praise God, we’re free from darkness. The Light of the World shines so brightly, showing us the way to go, and we walk forward with confidence. That’s the reason why we found our way to eternal life in the first place. He fills us, surrounds us, and leads us. He’s so much a part of our lives, so close to us that we as His followers share in His “light” nature. We are also lights of the world. He’s the great big universal infinite Light and Light Source; we’re the localized light—much smaller, but lights nonetheless—lights shining brightly as well.

Because we as believers live in His light, we see Him. Because of His light, we see ourselves clearly: we see if we’re clean, or if we have smudges, spots and stains. We’re honest about our real condition, and we address the problems. Because of His light, we’re living out our purposes well, and we’re journeying forward towards our destiny—joyfully.