God's Ways are Not Our Ways - Teachable moments - God's Way is the Best Way | Nashville Christian Family Magazine August 2023 issue - free Christian magazine

God has always made provisions for His people.  Despite what it may look like in the world through the media or the naysayers, there are always two sides to the story running parallel.

Look at the story of the great Exodus of the children of Israel, there are two different stories of the same event.

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

The people of Egypt experienced one of their bleakest times in history.  In addition to blood in their water, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, and darkness, they woke up to their first born children dead.  Life was at an absolute low and they had no hope.  Circumstances were unsurmountable.

The children of Israel faced the same circumstances.  Life was bleak – however, they had a hope that the rest of the world did not know.  They experienced one of the greatest victories of all time.  Their children and households were spared and they were set free after 430 years of captivity with a promise of a better future.

God had a solution before there was a problem.  He had a plan for His children to settle in a wondeful countryside that would be their very own. And yet, between their grumbling and complaining and choosing to focus on the negative instead of the positive, they got in their own way. Even though God had declared it and made a way for His children, many did not see the wonderful things God had planned for them. 

They were looking at the same land, the same circumstances however the majority chose to let their fears be the deciding factor instead of what God had promised them.

Present day mainstream media would have us believe the sky is falling and the world is about to crumble.  White there may be awful things happening around us, we do not limit God’s power to what we see.  As children of God, we have another side of the story.  God has made a way and has provided for His children.  He has given us a road map and book full of His promises. 

Just as the Children of Israel had to believe what God said instead of caving into fear, so do we.  It is called faith and we know without it, it is impossible to please God.  (Hebrews 11:6). Many of the Childern of Israel did not believe God’s promises, and it did not end well for them.  The ones that did believe, they were able to enter into the “Promise Land”. 

Trust in God.  Choose to live through His side of the story and enjoy all the promises of a loving God.  His ways are always best!

Rhonda L. Smart, [email protected]

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