“The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.”
“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.”― Jim Elliot
As I look back, I can see the specific will of God unfolding in every stage of my life. From my teen years, through Bible College, as a youth pastor, and now as a pastor, God has been directing every step of the way. I can honestly say along with others, that I would have been terrified had God shown me everything when He called me.
Part of us wants to know what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next year, and the rest of our life. The curiosity we can possess would make a cat jealous. God’s design is rarely to give us everything all at once though; instead He graciously gives us just enough that we can handle. His will is perfect, and given incrementally to our finite minds and lives. What if God showed us everything all at once? What if the moment you made the decision to be “all in”, God unloaded His plan for your life from that point forward? I believe many would have a change of heart right there, giving up before they even start!
You might not say that the suffering and bondage of the Children of Israel in Egypt (found in the book of Exodus) was the will of God. I think we have clear evidence from Scripture that God did indeed lead them into Egypt and promised to deliver them out.
Even after not seeing his son for years, Jacob had some hesitation and fear about going to Egypt. We are not told exactly what these fears were, but It likely had something to do with Jacob’s commitment to the covenant. God had told him, his father, and his grandfather that they were to get the “Land”. God even led Jacob back to the Land in Genesis 31:13.
Jacob also probably had some fear about his children and grandchildren. Since Joseph’s supposed death, Israel has had hesitation about sending Benjamin away. This is likely a characteristic that spread beyond Benjamin to many of his grandchildren as well. Whatever the reasons, we are told that Jacob had fear to go.
God instructs Jacob to go to Egypt and not be afraid. Part of God’s plan is revealed that He will make a great nation of them there, be with Jacob, and surely bring them up again. God doesn’t give Jacob the full picture, but He reveals enough of His will and plan to cause Jacob to act in faith.
If we knew what God will for our future was, we might in terror run from all that God had planned for us. Even today, you don’t know everything that lies ahead of you. There could be some major blessing or massive tragedy. God has a wonderful way of giving us the confidence we need to do His will. He simple assures us of this… whatever you are going to face today, I will be right there with you, and that is enough.
Today, trust God. Maybe you misread that…. TRUST GOD. Don’t fret, worry, or stress. Simply trust God and His will. Do what God has revealed to you at this moment on this day, and then by faith trust Him to reveal the next step. He is faithful, loves you, and has His glory and your good in mind.
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 46 - 47
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.”