Prepare for a divine intervention
In Bible study last night, I began my 4-week “Recovery Series” and was humbled by the response. Those who participated in the intimate group setting said they were blessed. I was told over and over again that the topic and principles God led me to share fell right in line with what they needed to hear.
That was an answer to my prayer.
I have asked God to tailor this series into exactly what He wants it to be. I also prayed that He would put words in my mouth so what I say will be what attendees need to hear. Seeing the fruit of my obedience through the responses of the individuals that pressed their way out was exciting and wonderful. I am believing Him to continually lead and guide me throughout the remaining sessions.
It was encouraging to see that the hearts of the participants were so open to receiving instruction, because we all need instruction. Without any guidance we would go through life needlessly struggling and trying to figure things out, when answers are available to us. Keeping that thought in mind, God led me to Exodus 18.
In this chapter, Moses met up with his father-in-law Jethro to reunite with his wife Zipporah and two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. Moses’s family had been staying with Jethro while Moses was doing the work of the Lord. When the two men re-linked, Moses updated Jethro, who was also a priest, on how things went in Egypt, all the miracles God worked for the Israelites and how the Lord had delivered them. Quite naturally, his father-in-law was excited to hear all the good reports.
But the next day, Jethro saw something Moses was doing that didn’t excite him. In fact, it concerned him deeply. The Bible says Moses was serving as a judge for all the people of Israel. From morning until evening they gathered around him, brought all their disputes to him and he decided on their cases. Moses also would explain God’s decrees and divine instructions to everyone. But this was an overwhelming responsibility. He was working around the clock. It was too much for Moses to handle.
According to verse 14, Moses’s father-in-law asked him, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
He then told Moses he needed to lighten his load and give away some of that responsibility by letting trustworthy, God-honoring men handle the simple cases. By doing that, Moses would only have to deal with the complicated stuff. Jethro explained that sharing the load would be beneficial; it would make the burden on this great leader much lighter.
Verse 24 says Moses listened to his father-in-law, who was obviously being led by God to deposit seeds of wisdom into the heart of his son-in-law. No doubt this made Moses’s life better.
As I was reading about this conversation between Jethro and Moses, I thought about how awesome it is that through this Bible story, I get see God’s hand at work through something seemingly so ordinary. I’ll explain. What started out as a simple family drop-off and catch-up session with Jethro turned into an immensely helpful consultation.
God had sent Jethro to Moses for a greater purpose. Moses was working himself ragged. He would have surely burnt out if he kept going at such a frenetic pace around the clock. Changes had to be made. Moses didn’t know that, but God did. So the Lord, a loving and caring Father, used Jethro to introduce Moses to a better way of accomplishing the work of the Lord. What seemed like a routine visit was really a divine intervention.
Sometimes we think divine setups have to look grand. We expect some major gesture or awe-inspiring display of God’s glory. While God does move in that way, there are also seasons where He does the miraculous through the mundane and the extraordinary through the very ordinary.
God will turn a family visit into a destiny-shaping moment. He’ll use a regular phone call to start a life-changing, eye-opening, mindset-shifting conversation. He’ll send a person you always communicate with to bless you with wisdom, resources, opportunities, or some sort of help you weren’t expecting. He’ll let someone pass along an idea that solves a major problem for you.
Many of us have a penchant for the miracles of biblical proportions. We love to talk about when the Lord: turned water into wine (John 2:1-11); brought water out of a rock (Exodus 17); transformed a rod into a snake (Exodus 4:13); changed a sea into blood (Exodus 7:14-25); and made the Red Sea stand at attention (Exodus 14:21). He has done so many jaw-dropping, unexplainable things; but that’s not all He does.
Friend, don’t box God in. Be open to however He wants to move. He loves to take little things and do big things with them. That’s what He’s going to do for you. He’s taking your life, which is like a small acorn and growing it into a mighty oak tree.
God has a great plan and He has many ways to accomplish it. As long as you are working toward fulfilling your purpose and honoring Him in the process, you can be sure that God will bless you. He won’t let you go under. He won’t allow you to be too burdened to move forward. He won’t let you falter and self-destruct. He will send help. He will position you to reap. He will place you on people’s hearts. He will command others to bless you.
Prepare to see God’s favor show up in extraordinary ways through ordinary means. You’re about to have a revolutionary chat, some great interviews and even better meetings. God is going to let you stumble across information, insights, strategies and techniques that will transform your life for the glory of His name. Because you love Him and desire to serve Him, He is going to send others to serve you so His work can go forward.
Don’t stress out about what you don’t have. That’s pointless. God is going to make up for what you lack through an amazing divine intervention. Believe it. You will see it happen.
To prepare you for what’s to come, I’m stirring a small portion of Deuteronomy 28:8 NASB into your cup of inspiration, which says, “The Lord will command the blessing upon you…”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, condition your mind for the extraordinary. Prepare your heart to reap blessings in unexpected places. God is conferring special favor upon you because you delight in Him and He delights in you.
You’re up next for a divine intervention. Your miracle is around the corner and it will look nothing like anything you could have imagined. All you need to know is that it’s good and it’s got your name on it.
Now let’s pray.
God, there are so many things I don’t know how to do on my own. There are lots of things I lack. But I thank You that You have favored me and are sending the resources, opportunities and help I need to get to my place of destiny. Today, I refuse to worry and stress. Instead, I will rest in You. I will also rejoice in the fact that Your hand of blessing is outstretched over me. I declare by faith that every need is supplied. And I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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