Psalm 138:8 says that God will work out His plans for my life. I don’t have to manipulate, plot and devise.
Regardless of my desperate circumstances, anxiety, or longing, there is a better way than my own. One popular Bible story encourages me to pray and then wait on the Lord.
Moses’ mother and his sister, Miriam, expected that God would protect baby Moses when they put him in a basket and sent it down the Nile River, hoping to hide him from a murderous ruler.
Miriam watched the baby float away, all the while waiting for God to take control of the desperate situation. His sister’s faith was rewarded by an amazing turn of events and his mother’s trust in God paved the way for a Hebrew slave to become an Egyptian ruler (Exodus 2:1-10). This would not have happened without Moses’ mother’s and sister’s patience and dependence on God.
It’s easy to rush to fix our own circumstances—contriving for the outcome we desire. But too often, in so doing, we tangle ourselves into ever-growing webs and create trouble or chaos. Let’s learn from Moses’ wise family by following their pattern:
• Expecting God to act.
• Waiting for God to deliver.
• Trusting that God’s timing is best.
I don’t know what spurs you on to contrive, manipulate or plot. If you are like me, any circumstance where you find yourself out of control, desperate or confused will tempt you to scheme.
Let’s determine today to believe this truth, “The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me” (Psalm 138:8). And rest in His promises, committing to trusting God whenever tempted to influence our uncomfortable conditions.
Lord God, I know You will work out Your plans for my life, but I need help to believe in the midst of desperate circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, I ask You to give me strength to accept Your timing and Your ways during this unsettling time in my life. Amen