“Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.”
Memory Verse: “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
What a privilege to be alive at a time like this when the whole world seems to still be in some sort of confusion but amidst all, you still have everything to be thankful for. Another year with a lot of expectations, aspirations and hope just like the previous year but with little control of how events will unfold just like the previous years. We as human just seem to automatically go into a planning and forecasting phase about everything our heart desires but if we really slow down to look ahead properly, we will come to the realization that the ones who see ahead usually seem to have the most advantage over controlling situations.
Whiles we spend majority of our time planning like the rest of the world, we simply forget the two most important people in our plan – God and the devil. Interestingly, even as Christians we seem to spend our time approaching things of life just like ever normal person. Someone once voiced out that depending on God for things to happen is for the weak but as Christians we know that trusting in God is everything and planning with God in every area of our lives is not a sign of weakness but of divine strength.
There is no escaping the involvement of the devil in our plans just as we see in today’s bible text. Despite the Lord ordering the steps of the Israelites through Moses, He also made an allowance for what the enemy will see. What the enemy saw was exactly what God wanted them to see, their king saw the position of the Israelites and thought they can be closed down and retrieved back to slavery so he made his next move based on what he saw Exodus 14:3,8-9. The Egyptians had to be positioned in that exact location, a place close enough to the Israelites, so as to be destroyed in the red sea, Exodus 14:23.
What we see ahead through the lens of the Holyspirit helps us plan and navigate the journey of life. It helps us to prepare of the challenges that may come with some of those plans. Often when we refuse to see through the lens of the Holyspirit we open ourselves up to unnecessary drama and get entangled in the drama of life being directed by the devil.
What are you planning for the year and what do you see ahead? There is a great difference in what we see, what the Lord sees and what the devil sees so as we navigate through the journey of life, it’s important to allow ourselves to be directed by the Lord because He is the only One who knows what move we can safely make to achieve success in life.
- Father I thank you for another amazing year just commencing
- Go Ahead of Me Lord, guide me, order my steps, direct me and let this be my year of unprecedented grace.
- Give me Oil, keep me burning and let me never depart from your presence.
- Forgive me Lord of all my iniquities, bless me abundantly and make me a blessing unto others, in Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.