Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What Lies Ahead

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” –C.S. Lewis

God had miraculously parted the Red Sea to deliver Israel out of slavery in Egypt, but now Israel had to sojourn through a dessert to find their promised land.  Each and every day God dropped manna from the sky so that Israel wouldn’t go hungry, but eventually this wasn’t enough.  They complained, “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic” (Numbers 11:5).  Isn’t it interesting that they said, “at no cost”?   They painted a rosier picture of the past, brushing over the fact that they were slaves that broke their backs for this very food.  Israel’s selective memory played tricks on them, inhibiting them from appreciating that what was in front of them was better than what was behind them.  Likewise, our minds can often times long for what we once had, all while forgetting that there were specific reasons why that situation was not meant to be.  Let's not be so stuck on the past, that we neglect to see God’s path.  God has a plan for His children whether we see it or not, but the sooner that we begin to trust that He is leading us, the more joy and peace we have along the way of life’s journey. 

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21, NIV).

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