Thursday, September 2, 2010

Seeing Obstacles through God’s Eyes

This devotional comes to my email box every day. Not that I read it every day, but I try. This one comes at a perfect time.

Seeing Obstacles through God’s Eyes

From InTouch Ministries
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Read | Joshua 2:1-24

Jericho was the first city that the Israelites needed to conquer in their quest for the land of Canaan. When Joshua sent a pair of spies to check it out, he probably didn’t realize that he would receive a glimpse of God’s  impressive behind-the-scenes activity.

God wants us to look at every obstacle through the lens of His unlimited strength and resources. Anything that appears to block His plans is an opportunity for Him to demonstrate His sovereign power. Just because we don’t see anything happening, that doesn’t mean He’s inactive.

Always remember that God is at work on the other side of our obstacles, arrang-ing the details and bringing His plans to fruition. When the spies returned to Joshua, they reported that the people of Jericho were scared to death. Having heard about the Jews’ deliverance from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, they were gripped by fear of the Lord.

The stage was set for the conquest, yet by that point, Joshua had done nothing. Sometimes we think we need to be involved in the solution to our problem, but God is not limited with regard to whom or what He can use to accomplish His will. In this case, He worked in the hearts of the enemy by instilling demoralizing fear.

For Christians, great obstacles need not be reasons for discouragement. Although much of the Lord’s activity is silent and invisible, we can be sure He is dynamically working out His will for our lives. When the pieces of His plan are in place, He will move us on to victory.

Gordon Dam, Southwest National Park, Tasmania,...Image via Wikipedia
When I'm looking at things from my perspective, I have no idea how our plans are going to work out. I keep telling myself they will, that God can do it, but it's hard to really believe. I try to visualize the analogy of the dam. We can't see the water rising on the other side, but eventually the water will reach the top, and we'll see it overflow. I need to remember to keep reading about what God has done before to help me really KNOW that He can -- and will -- work it all out for good.

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. Romans 8:28

We will remember, we will remember
We will remember the works of Your hands
We will stop and give you praise
For great is Thy faithfulness

When we walk through life’s darkest valleys
We will look back at all You have done
And we will shout, our God is good
And He is the faithful One 

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