26. Move forward in faith

God had devastated Egypt with the first 9 plagues. He literally brought them to their knees. All that they had left was their lives and the lives of their family and friends, but then God warned them that a last plague was coming, a plague that will finally break their resolve. All their first born sons will die. Can you imagine the terror that must have gripped them when they heard this? I probably would have tried to keep my son very close to me, hoping that I would be able to protect him somehow.

The Israelites heard of this as well. Moses told them that this was the last plague, after this they would be free to go. He told them to prepare a perfect Passover lamb, without spot or blemish as a substitute for their own first born sons. He also told them to make bread dough without yeast as they wouldn't have time to wait for it to rise, plus they had to wear their travelling clothes, ready to go. They were also instructed to eat the food quickly, because once they receive the news that they can go, they had to move quickly.

And what is wonderful to me is that they followed all his instructions to the smallest detail. For all they knew Pharaoh could have changed his mind again and there could have been another 5 plagues still to come, but they trusted in God's Word. Even though they were not free yet, they trusted God that He will lead them out as He had promised He would. Their preparation for walking into freedom was an act of faith. They were preparing themselves for God's plan.

We too need to prepare ourselves whilst waiting for God's promises to come to pass. We too need to show our faith by doing what God has asked us to do in preparation for the task ahead. Several biblical characters had to wait a long time before God used them as He had promised and in that time they had to prepare themselves for the task. For example look at David. He was anointed to be king whilst he was still a young boy and it only came to pass that he became king over the whole Israel at age 37. And in the mean time he had to prepare himself for the task of being king, he had to learn how to lead people, how to live by example, how to fight for what is right etc.

Look at Paul for example. After his wonderful conversion, God took him into Arabia for 3 years in order for the Holy Spirit to teach him His ways. After that he was sent to his hometown of Tarsus for several years, before he began the ministry he was called for, all the while learning from God how to be the apostle He wanted him to be.

There are several examples, but the lesson is this, prepare now while you are waiting. Demonstrate your faith in God that He is mighty and what He said will come to pass. It is when faith meets faith that wonders happen and your destiny creeps forward to meet you!

Lord please imprint Your promises into our minds that we can start preparing for all You have for us. We believe in You and we know that it will all come to pass. We move forward in faith towards You. In Jesus' Name. Amen

2 comments for “26. Move forward in faith”

  1. Gravatar of Karlien WoodKarlien Wood
    Posted Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 11:08:58 AM

    Thank you for sharing this precious promise from God, HE is always faithfull in ALL his ways. I have discovered it in my life, how HE has healed me once I put my trust in HIM, and HIM alone.. To GOD all the glory!! love u!

  2. Gravatar of IlzeIlze
    Posted Friday, 02 November 2012 at 12:36:42 PM

    Thank you for your testimony Karlien! It builds our faith to hear of God at work. May He bless you richly!

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