One thing I’ve realized about myself lately is that I am impatient with God. I was listening to a message about Moses, and I had forgotten about part of his story – he waited eighty years before God called him to save his people from the Egyptians.
If you don’t remember, Moses was an Israelite slave adopted by an Egyptian princess, and he lived for forty years as her son. One day, he went out and saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite slave. Moses was so incensed that he murdered the Egyptian. His action was soon found out, though, and he fled to Midian, where he remained for forty years.
I paralleled this part of Moses’s life to my own, in a small way. Obviously, Moses didn’t want his people to be enslaved. I thought about what could have happened if he didn’t leave Egypt for forty years. Maybe he would have continued secretly killing Egyptian taskmasters, perhaps freeing a few slaves at a time. Maybe he would have tried to speak to Pharoah about lessening the work of the Israelite slaves. Who knows what would have happened if Moses did what he thought was best?
But God had a different plan in mind. Moses was going to free every single Israelite slave at once, although he didn’t know that. He had to wait for God to work, and I feel that God is telling me the same thing. As long as I remain open to God’s plan, he can do incredible things through me. They may not happen right now like I want them to, but I can’t see God’s plan. Moses couldn’t see it either, but what happened through him was probably greater than he ever could imagine.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
What has God done through you that you didn’t expect?