This week has been a time of confusion and pressure and I feel like I don’t have a clue of how to raise the rest of our support, when we should plan to go, or what to say to our Prayer Partners.
I think a sermon by Dr. Jim Lytle gives an accurate perspective on my situation. He titled it God Has a Plan When We Don’t Have a Clue. He used Exodus 14, the story of Israel’s panic before they crossed the Red Sea, as his text. The basic outline is as follows.
God positions us
- Through His Word
- For His purposes (That people may know He is God and that people may know Him)
The Word of God led us to the mess we’re in for His purposes!
God teaches us
- By exposing our fears
- By showing us who He is
- By meeting our needs (We should ask God how He wants to solve this for His glory)
God develops us
- Fear of man or circumstances becomes fear of God
- Trust in our capabilities becomes trust in God’s purposes
Dr. Lytle ended his message by saying, “What if the God of the Bible wanted to show that He is great and He decided to use us? It would just about kill us but it would be OK.” That’s my dream and passion. I want people to see the God of the Bible for who He really is. I want to be engaged in something He considers to be strategic. In light of those desires, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that He positioned our family in a mess where he can teach us, develop us, and accomplish His purposes.