“A person may have many ideas concerning God’s plan for his life, but only the designs of His purpose will succeed in the end.” (Proverbs 19:21 TPT)
Mary was betrothed to Joseph. Before they came together Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant. He desired and decided to dismiss her secretly after mature consideration, as someone who abides by the law. BUT God had a different plan. A plan that was more glorious in spite of the opposition of what he once believed.
An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son and you shall call His name “Jesus”, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
Who can come against the hearing of God’s word? If He speaks and the whole world trembles in submission to His word, what power do we have to argue and come against what He has spoken? Hmmm … actually we possess a powerful resistance that can hinder God’s will for our lives, our FREE WILL. But when our will is enthralled in His will that is motivated by His love, glory comes.
Joseph was a just man who comes from the lineage of David. For sure he must have been exposed to the ancestry of David, the man who is after God’s heart, that his response to the angel’s message was this, “Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife.” (Matthew 1:24.)
Joseph had a plan of divorcing Mary but God’s plan prevailed. When God’s word was spoken, Joseph obeyed. Each time the Lord spoke again and again, he obeyed again and again. A life of obedience caused Joseph to live a life of constant glory encounters with the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, cause our ears to hear Your voice. Take away our hearts of stone and make them into hearts of flesh where You can easily direct as You choose, in Jesus’ Name.
“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” (Psalm 143:8 NLT)
Moses’ relationship with God was extraordinary. God and him were working together for many years that created such bond of intimacy. “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” (Exodus 33:11) Their relationship was so founded, rooted and grounded that even when the Lord told him that he would not enter the promise land, there was no written evidence where he murmured and complained. He continued to be humble and obedient to the Lord’s instructions. Though Moses was only allowed to gaze upon the promise land but not set his foot on it, he yielded gracefully.
Moses saw the Lord’s goodness and knew that God’s plans and purposes were for the Israelite’s welfare and how much they were loved by Him. God heard their cries while they were still slaves in Egypt, but when they were out of there and into the wilderness, they continued to grumble in spite of seeing the mighty acts of God in their midst.
Prayer: Lord, may we not only see Your mighty acts, signs and wonders in our lives, but may we develop an intimate relationship with You. Open our hearts to know You in a deeper way that even when we do not see anything yet, we are filled and flooded with Yourself, contented and satisfied in Your presence.
Fast forward … do you really think Moses didn’t enter in? Physically he may have not, but supernaturally and spiritually he did.
“As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:2-3 NLT)
Hmmmm … what an awesome thought!
Sometimes it may take ages for us to physically see the answers to our prayers, but the beauty lies in the truth of attaining peace and joy while we are going through the process in His presence, living out His plans and purposes in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is our daily encounter with Him that matters most.
I believe Moses’ glorious encounters with the Lord weighed much more to him than him physically entering the promise land. His relationship with God, having known Him intimately, walking and talking with Him each day, was his utmost treasure.
God’s ways are indeed mysterious even to those who know Him supernaturally like Moses did. But the blessed assurance that we are anchored on is when we completely trust Him, it puts our hearts to rest. After all He is the Omnicient, our all-knowing God. He surely knows what is best for us. His thoughts of us and ways for us are higher. We may not be able to forcefully fathom them, yet He shows us bits and pieces of His plans along the way that brings us joy, strength and encouragement.
We are called to enjoy His presence and be present each time we are aware of Him. This is where we experience our utmost daily breakthrough, when He breaks through into our hearts and us into His, intimately experiencing His love, mercy and grace, tasting and seeing that He is good.
Truly, one of the most important things that we need to consider is that the journey is just as beautiful as the destination. The process is just as powerful as the end result. There are no wasted moments with God. Every God-ordained step is to be esteemed highly and enjoyed fully.
There will be divine connections and provisions along the way and we do not wait to reach our destination to enjoy. We are to enjoy life now because Jesus already came that we may have and enjoy life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). The Holy Spirit is dwelling in us revealing to us the things that the Lord has freely given us. Whatever He reveals, we are positioned and empowered to explore, experience and express.
Let us live our lives as if we are already living our dream. And we just might look around and realize that we already are.
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