O my goodness! Is this just the beginning of the year? So much has happened and not just with us the mere mortals in my Country; even the government has been very much at work. Every day, it appears decisions are made, unmade and then remade so that we the citizens have to keep adjusting and readjusting. This is a lot and creates a lot of activity in our lives but it is honestly not as mixed up as we may think it is because God is in charge of it all and this kind of picture is not unusual for a situation that God is moving upon for the ultimate purpose of restoration. One of the things we know for certain about our God is that no matter how muddled up it gets, He is able to unravel it. So please keep the fear on a leash; do not let it take you over.
Genesis 1: 2 “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
In the deepest darkness, when it is humanly impossible to find a way, you can still trust Him. Remember that He is Himself, The Way and The Light. This is one of the many reasons we trust Him completely even in the worst of situations. Just when you think you are completely hemmed in and the devil is rejoicing that He now has you where He wants you, God makes a way. I guess the singer must have had one of these experiences which is why He sand the song “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.” Who would imagine that He was about to make a way in the Red sea and then later in the Jordan? I guess it therefore does not make sense for one to waste all their energy trying to figure out where He would make a way, you don’t know neither are you able to figure it out because He thinks differently. Very often, we unconsciously try to figure out God’s next move forgetting that we only His creation and can never see all that The Creator sees. This is all so hard to accept but that is why we walk by faith. Trying to figure Him out is an attempt at self-frustration and waste of energy. The mind of man is unable to figure Him out. No wonder the hymn writer says “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.”
Isaiah 55: 8 – 9 “my thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Unless and until God chooses to reveal His thoughts, who can know it? When He chooses to reveal them, He does it by His Spirit who passes on the information to our spirit man. Whenever we try to work out a “seemingly befitting resolution” maybe because He seems to be taking too long, we mess it all up and even more than God intended thereby making it more difficult for ourselves. Interestingly, God will not rush to come on the scene just because you are about to mess it up; He will come when He will come because there is no mess too much for Him to unravel but we may suffer a little more than was necessary. Since His means are often far removed from our thoughts, we need to be deliberately focused on Him to hear Him and/or see the way He has made as well as go through the way. Through the journey, our eyes have to be on Him. If we keep our eyes on the “means” we may never go forward because His means often don’t give comfort as one comes through. I wonder how it was crossing the red sea with water on both sides and nothing obvious holding it back so that it looks like it could easily return to its bed easily burying one. The more one looks at the “water walls” the greater the fear of the water burying one so that all you want to do is run back to the familiar. Isn’t it strange that in such situations, one doesn’t often think to run to the other end; it is so typical to keep wanting to return to the beginning because fear wants to hold one to the familiar thereby holding one back from going forward but if your eyes are on God, you just hold on tighter to His hands and experience His consistent reassurance. Your other alternative is to keep your eyes on the people who are ahead of you as they keep their eyes on God. Make sure you are in the right company. These are times when we must take heed who we give our ears to.
Proverbs 13: 20 “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
1 Corinthians 15: 33b “For bad company corrupts good character.”
Someone was once upset by the fact that I mentioned “valley experiences” in relation to believers. In her opinion, true believers do not face difficulties. Whilst that may be her experience, it has not been mine and it may not be yours too. If you have had or are having such experiences, don’t worry, you are in good company because the Apostles had it several times even when they had Jesus in their boat and they seemed set to drown but be assured, The Way maker will always make a way which will bring you out; at the end of it all, you will be standing.