Exodus 11:1 (NLT) Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow. After that, Pharaoh will let you leave this country. In fact, he will be so eager to get rid of you that he will force you all to leave.
God knows how to deal with his enemies—our enemies. He is a Victorious God. No one in no time can ever defeat him. God was able to turn the pharaoh’s hard and hardened heart completely around; He can do the same even to our most ardent enemy.
Enemies are real, but we don’t have to fear them. We don’t have to be troubled; we don’t have to panic about their existence or presence—no matter how close they may be to us, no matter how powerful they may be. In God’s perfect timing, and in God’s powerful unique ways; He will move our enemies to serve his purposes and act even surprisingly and totally favorably towards us.
Dear God, thank you so much for giving us very encouraging and dependable promises and assurances so that we don’t have to fear anyone or anything. You’re in complete control—nature, people, and everything else. We may not fully understand how you do this without violating man’s free will, but it’s enough for us to know that no one can thwart your purposes; You will accomplish them. It’s enough for us to know you love us, and you will always do the best for us; that includes dealing with those who oppose us.
Hebrews 11:13 (KJV) 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
We don’t forget: we are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth. We’ve received innumerable, unique, and wonderful blessings from our heavenly Father for being believers. But there are still unimaginably more and greater blessings awaiting us.
So if we’re not a part of the 1% of the richest and most famous? So what if we don’t live in mansions and palaces? There are those of us, like me, who don’t even own our homes; we’re “just” renters. These things don’t sadden us.
We’re just pilgrims passing through the here and now. Our eyes are set on the glorious place we can truly and gratefully (thanks to our Dad) call our own. We don’t get carried away trying to invest so much on earthly temporal treasures and possessions. We have absolutely glorious and blissful heavenly rooms or mansions and existence prepared personally by our precious Lord and Savior waiting for us. So we pass on, with no thought or desire of getting stuck to these earthly allurements. We “…press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14).
Psalm 39:7 (KJV) 7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
We are satisfied about today and we’re excited about our tomorrow. We have great expectations. We’re not as those who live without hope. In Jesus, we not only have hope, we live in hope. This keeps us going and growing. We all need hope. Those who lose hope lose passion for life, even the very desire to live. Praise God, in Him is our hope.
God has proven Himself and His faithfulness many times over. He has given us great and precious promises and we know He won’t disappoint us. He has never and will never break one word of all His promises. That’s just Him; He’s naturally dependable. He’s truthful; He’s excellent in everything He does; His timing is impeccable. Who needs better anchor than that? Where can we find better reason for hope?
For sure, there are many uncertainties; things change; we don’t know much of the future. There are many threats to our future—especially our future as believers. Even our Lord warned us about growing evil and persecutions. But He also told us that the gates of hell won’t prevail against His church. What do we have to lose? Even the experience most feared—death, is a transition towards our most glorious change and existence.
Numbers 11:23 (KJV) 23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
The Lord’s question is rhetorical. There’s not a moment when God’s power has ever drained. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All His promises, in Christ, are “yes” and “amen.” We have confidence in Him; there’s no reason to murmur, complain, or be disappointed. He still provides a road in the wilderness; He still pours down rain from heaven, and He still makes the sun to shine.
“His eyes are on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.” He watches over us. His hands still always give us light in the darkness, salvation from our sins, peace in the middle of chaos, protection from all dangers. That’s why we’re fearless—whatever happens to the world, whatever others do to us. His mighty arms are still able to prepare a table before us even in the presence of our enemies. We may be surrounded by those who want to do us harm, but our hearts beat quietly and we sleep peacefully through the night.