Oh no, the stump is gone! Do you remember me writing about my experience with my dog with the stump on the corner of the lot and how she was so scared? Well, we just got used to it being there and now it’s gone! Guess what? She was afraid all over again.
Isn’t that just like our faith at times? We get used to God doing things one way and then all of the sudden we have to change the procedure. What can we do to stay in constant faith with His plan when it changes? We stay connected step by step.
God doesn’t give us the blueprints to our lives all at one time. He will reveal mysteries to you as you pray and seek him but everything is given in its proper time. That is why we must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. When we walk by sight our stumps may be set right there in front of us when we least expect them to be. Then when we are used to them being there, all of the sudden they are gone. We don’t know what’s coming tomorrow, next month, or next year. But, God does. So we have to fully trust Him and confidently obey His instructions.
When God led the Israelites through the wilderness they had no clue how long this process would take. Talk about a BIG STUMP in the road. On that first occasion, Moses had cried to the Lord and said, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me to death.”
And the Lord said to Moses, Pass on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand the rod with which you smote the river and go. Behold, I will stand before you thereon the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock. And water shall come out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. Exodus 17:5-6
Now when I had to reintroduce my dog to the same spot with the missing log with her apprehension, she looked directly at me as if to say, “Is this safe ma?” Don’t we do that as we follow Jesus? We should be asking Him step by step if what we are doing is okay and safe. Moses had to ask God for direction every step of this long period of time; did he disobey along the way? Yes, he later struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it as God had told him to do but, God still delivered water from the rock. He was confused, no doubt frustrated and somewhat apprehensive of the log in his life. But God delivered Him and the people.
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