“Don’t just do something, Sit There!” quote anonymous.
One might think this quote is backwards but it is written exactly as it should be. It captures the essence of someone who is paralyzed by their fears and makes them think I’m powerless, my situation is hopeless. This is what fear does to us to keep us exactly where we are, to keep us stuck.
Sometimes I don’t think I give God enough credit. I’ll be honest, there are times I want to dial a miracle or a drive-by request asking God for a miracle only He can do, but not really put in the work in. I think, ‘wait you want me to be patient and work for that?’ ‘Can’t you just give it to me?’ Well, that’s not exactly how God works.
If it were up to me I’d have a menu of miracles I could access anytime upon request. ‘God can I have a slay your giant miracle? Or how about a bringing down the walls of Jericho, that’s a good one.’ Or better yet, a protect me in the fiery furnace or shut the mouths of lion miracle when I need it, just in case.
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If it were up to me, I’d want ALL the miracles God could give me, so I didn’t ever have to be uncomfortable.
From the beginning of time, starting with Adam and Eve, if there’s one thing God wants us to do, it’s to TRUST Him. When we do, our circumstances change drastically and miracles happen. A previous post I’ve written called Letting Go of the Miracle may sound like these posts contradict one another. But there’s a difference. We can put our hope and trust into a miracle that may never happen the way we want it, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t able.
Putting our hope and trust in what He’s able to do, in His divine power, allows our hearts to be freed from our own expectations and desires, allowing for God’s greater plan to happen within us and through us.
This Is What Happens When We Trust in God’s Power
Miracles happen. The unexplainable. The unimaginable. The unexpected. But let’s be real. When we put our own expectations of what God’s miracles should be, we limit His infinite power, putting Him in a box, not allowing for His bigger miracles to happen. When we put a timeline on his miracles, of when WE think he should answer our prayers, we’re bailing on His biggest blessings.Have you ever been in a situation, looked all around you, saw nothing but defeat, the enemy surrounding you and thought there's no way out, no way my circumstances can be resurrected?Click To Tweet
The Israelites sure had a lot of these moments. Especially right before they crossed The Red Sea. The Israelites had just been delivered from being under the reign and rule of Egypt for the past 400 years. They had endured 11 plagues that included a bloody river, flies, frogs, darkness and hail. They had seen God’s miracles and provision first hand.
Yet they knew Pharaoh (the ruler of Egypt) and what he was capable of. I’m sure as they departed for their journey they kept looking back to see when was he going to come back to get us? The Israelites knew God was going to deliver them, they just never knew HOW. God had a plan all along.
As they were wandering in the wilderness they were about to be enclosed by the desert and The Red Sea, with no way out. Then God told Moses, “For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, “They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD” (Exodus 14:3-4).
Sounds so crazy that God would harden Pharaoh’s heart, yet once again to come after the Israelites he said could go. Pharaoh had a big army of over 600 chariots. Imagine this scene, The Israelites who didn’t have any weapons to defend themselves were standing backed up to The Red Sea, with nowhere to go and their enemies were charging at them.
At this point the Israelites were doubting and said, ‘Wouldn’t it had been better if we just stayed in Egypt, instead of dying here in the wilderness?’ (paraphrase Exodus 14:12).
God says to Moses, “And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots and horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD” (Exodus 14:17)
What the Israelites were failing to see, is God had brought them to this place for His own very specific purpose. God wasn’t going to take them somewhere, where He couldn’t protect them.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horseman” (Exodus 14:22-23).
And then the unimaginable happened. Not only did God provide a way out for the Israelites in their impossible situation, He also destroyed their enemies, the Egyptians! The very sea that provided their escape was the very sea he used as the downfall of their adversaries, so they could never come after or harm them again!
Here’s the deal. God would have never delivered the Israelites out of Egypt without providing a way for them to get out. HOWEVER……… Even though God parted The Red Sea, the Israelites HAD TO WALK THROUGH IT ONE STEP AT A TIME!
The Key to allowing God’s Miracles to happen is TRUST.
T– Thankful. Being thankful in our trials, giving God our trust in advance. It says, I know what I’m going through sucks, but I know God is good and will praise in him in trials no matter what. There’s always something to be thankful for no matter how bad our situations are.
R– Release it to Him. Admitting and acknowledging our trials are beyond our control, allows us to give whatever we’re going through to God and allow Him to handle it.
U– Unexpected (allow for it). When we allow for the unexpected in our lives and stop putting God into a box, expecting the miracle and outcome to be a certain way, we allow for His bigger blessings.
S– Satisfy. When God is the one who is our ultimate provider of all things and when we believe what He has for me is ENOUGH then we will always be satisfied and abundantly blessed in any situation.
T– Trials. Our trials, God’s glory. When we allow for our trials, struggles, heartache, pain, scars of the past, suffering, all to be for God’s glory, we allow for His greater story to be written through us.
You may feel OVERWHELMED by your circumstances right now. You may feel life is just spinning our of CONTROL.
We are not powerless in our situations. We have the choice to keep taking ONE STEP AT A TIME. Don’t try to take on your situation by yourself all at once. Practice this TRUST acronym. Start being thankful. Practice releasing your burden to Him. Allow for the unexpected. When we do, we learn even if we have nothing, God is all I need (in him we have everything).
You are loved my friend!
How has trusting in God delivered you from your circumstances?
Has Fear ever paralyzed you?
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