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Sunday, October 13, 2013

God's Plan C

guidance, God's guidance, waiting, partial revelation
True story: God gave a woman a vision of the house she should buy when she moved. She drew a picture of it and found it for sale in her new location.

If we're good Christians, God will always tell us His plan ahead of time like this. Right?

Wrong!

The Apostle Paul (definitely a good Christian) didn't always know ahead of time where God was sending him. See Acts 16:6-10 for one example.

Obviously, God has reasons for waiting to reveal His plans, sometimes at the last moment.

And one reason is our limited view of circumstances. We often see only a plan A and B when God's best plan--plan C--may be waiting right around the corner.

Waiting may test our faith, but it will also strengthen it.


Bible Study 

Take a look at the verses below for a deeper understanding of God's guidance.

Psalm 77:19: Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

Psalm 77:19 describes the time when God lead the Israelites to a place where they had nowhere to run or hide from the pursuing Egyptian army.

Read the story below.
  • Why do you think God didn't clearly tell them what He was going to do?
  • Why do you think some of the people were confused and fearful?
Below I've put the "bare bones" version of this story for the sake of room. If you have time, you can read the entire story: Exodus 13:17-14:31.

Exodus 13: 17-18; 14:1-3, 10-14; 17:  When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle ... Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ ... As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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