To be honest, I’ve not been doing so well these past few days.
Have you experienced a time when God put you in a position where you have to trust Him in the most impossible situations?
When you have absolutely no idea what’s going on or what’s going to happen, and we can only pray that God didn’t, you know . . . forget about you?
Now sure, we have all these beautiful promises from the Bible:
“Behold I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
. . . or the ever popular, “I can do all things through Christ.”
Sure, you know those verses. Heck, your none-Christian friends know those verses.
So today, I want to bring you deeper into understanding about how God’s promise stands in our lives. But here’s the thing.
What if you’re just not feeling God’s at work? That’s very possible.
What if it feels like God is so far away and He’s left you in a ditch to die alone?
It’s true that there really are days when you feel like you’re in such an impossible situation.
I get that! I feel that all the time.
I don’t know if God plays favoritism with me, but for some reason, it sometimes seems like He really likes making it hard for me. That’s a little arrogant, but don’t you just feel that sometimes? Like God is just picking on you?
And He has the gall to say . . .
Behold. I am with you always.
I’ll meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory.
You can do all things through me.
Well, will you really God? I can’t help but feel doubt creep into my heart. Sometimes, it’s just really hard to believe that He has it all planned for us.
If you haven’t felt that way before, well, Jesus, thanks for reading my blog.
Kidding aside (Jesus knows what it feels like to be forsaken too), we’ve all gone through this feeling, one way or the other.
Some of you are going through this right now.
I am going through this now.
And like I always tell you here in my blog, we’re going to do this together.
I may not see where God is taking me through this situation, I may not understand the reason why, I may not have lived to receive the blessing yet . . . but even if it really, really, really hurts to say this: I believe that God will make a way for you and me.
In Proverbs 16:9, it says, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”
I’m a planner. I love knowing what’s gonna happen. Planning is great. What’s not great is when God decides to mess up your plan, because He has a greater plan ahead for you.
I mean it makes sense. No duh, He’s God. His plan is always the better plan. But sometimes, it’s hard to believe in it when you can’t see where the plan is going.
It’s not our job to determine what God’s plan is, because part of God’s plan is to reveal that plan to you in His own perfect timing.
We can’t see neither the future or the past, we can only guess what’s going to happen or remember what happened before. When in fact God already knows.
Whenever we rely only on our own planning or on our own strength, we can only base it on things that happened in the past or make blind guesses . . . when God wants to bless us with things we’ve never even imagined before.
So ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to something I’d like to call The Process™.
Sometimes, for God to reveal that He is the God of All Possibility, we have to go through the most impossible situations to realise He’s at work, creating something new in our lives.
That’s the Process.
See, God is always at work in us. His promises will always stand. But to allow God to bless us, sometimes, we have to go through a process.
It’s called Process, not pancit canton. There’s no 2 minute instant recipe. Process takes time, process takes trial and error, and of course, the Process hurts.
But it’s only through the Process where we see the completion for the plan that God has for us.
Maybe right now, you’re in a dry season. Maybe right now, you’re in a very tough spot. Maybe right now, God seems to be taking all the good things He’s given you, and leaving you empty. You might be wondering, do God’s promises still stand?
I know it’s hard to grasp. I’m grasping at the concept as it is. But His promise is unfolding before us, right now. It’s just disguised as the Process.
It seemed like Abraham was never going to see through God’s promise to give Abraham kids. But nope. He was just in the Process. God didn’t just give him kids, He called Abraham’s descendants to be His chosen people. (More on that later.)
It seemed like Lazarus was gone forever when he died from sickness. But nope. He was just in the Process. God didn’t just heal him from sickness, He raised Lazarus from the dead.
It seemed like all hope was lost when Jesus was on the cross, looking defeated and dead. But Jesus was going through the Process, because Jesus deafeated death and gained us eternal life.
God has proven how each time, His promise always stands, and that His plan is greater than anything we could possibly imagine.
I guess it’s easy to say all those words on paper, but actually going through the Process to the Promise is scary.
Sometimes, we prevent God’s plan from taking place because we want to avoid the Process. We don’t want to get hurt.
And that is how we end up in an empty place. Because if there’s anything more painful than the Process, it’s being away from God’s promise. Being trapped in a dead end. Being spiritually dead.
Let me tell you a story of how the Israelites experienced this Process.
In Isaiah 43:19 it says,
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah was a prophet who back in the Old Testament was reminding the Israelites of God’s promise to them.
God promised Abraham (the founding father of Israel) in the beginning, that his children and his children’s children were forever to be blessed by Him and be a blessing to this world. That God would one day call His Chosen People home.
It wasn’t going to be that simple though. It was going to take a long, long, long Process.
Because God ALSO fully knew that the Israelites time and time again were going to reject Him, looking for other gods, and forget about what He has done for them.
Now during the time Isaiah was speaking to the Israelites, the Israelites were captured and exiled to a nation called Babylon. They had been rejecting God, believing in other gods, and growing in division amongst each other. Thus leading to their capture.
Things weren’t exactly really bad . . . in fact many Israelites lived comfortable, decent lives in their Babylonian Exile. After all, it was nothing compared to the first time they were enslaved, by the Egyptians, many decades back.
But they felt dead inside because they had been pushing away God’s love, preventing God’s plans from taking place.
God’s promises still stood for them, but they refused to let God love them.
So here was Isaiah, prophesying to the Israelites, reminding them that God was still there. That His promises still stood. And better yet, God was about to do a NEW THING. He was going to make a way in their current situation. How?
Let’s go back a few verses from this text. Verse 16-17 says,
16 This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
Isaiah was talking about the time God pulled them out of slavery in Egypt.
That was when God sent a man named Moses to the Israelites to save them. Moses led them out of Egypt, who parted the Red Sea, and turned the waters into two pillars standing side by side. God made a way through the water so that the Israelites could journey out of Egypt into the Promised Land. At the same time collapsing the Red Sea afterwards, killing the entire Egyptian army who tried to follow suit. Awesome stuff.
So Isaiah was reminding the Israelites about God’s faithfulness . . . and then he chooses to follow it up with this verse:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
. . . WHAT. Okay that’s messed up.What kind of encouragement is that? How does that show how God is faithful and keeps His promise?
You see . . . the Israelites were holding on to what God did before, when God was about to make something new.
It’s made me to come to this realisation:
The biggest thing that stops me from receiving God’s promise and seeing His plan come to pass, is not what the devil has ever done to me. Nope.
The biggest thing preventing God’s promise from unfolding is when I hold on to something God has given me before.
Sometimes, we’re so stuck on a previous blessing from God. Sometimes, the very thing stopping us from receiving God’s love is worrying about something He has already dealt with. Sometimes, we’re so stuck on the plan we’ve set for ourselves, NOT SEEING the full extent of the promise waiting for us.
The Israelites were expecting God to send Moses back (from the dead, mind you; Moses was long gone), to save them. That was the Israelites’ plan.
But God had a greater plan, and that was to fulfill to the entirety His promise to Abraham. God was going to destroy all barriers, all sin, all shame so that his Chosen People, and ALL the people, could live with Him for all eternity.
God wasn’t planning to do a re-enactment, no He was calling for a revival.
And so that’s where Verse 19 kicks in, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Many years back, God had made a way through the Egyptian waters. Sure, that was fantastic. But now, God was going to DO A NEW THING. He was gonna make a way in the wilderness. In the emptiness. Through the Process.
In by doing so, God’s glory was to shine through and the Israelites would come to understand the greatness of God.
Maybe right now, it seems like God is taking something away from you. Maybe right now, in this situation, it doesn’t seem like God’s promise is still standing for you.
But most likely, we’re just going through His Process towards His Promise.
That prophesy of Isaiah? It’s still relevant up to this day. We need to remember God’s faithfulness, but forget the form it came in. Because God is doing a new thing in your life today. God is breaking barriers, God is moving mountains, God is fulfilling His promise, every day— just not in the way we perceive it.
See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
In the internal wilderness of our hearts, God is in the Process of making a way through.
Just like how He did for the Israelites. He’s doing it for you. He always will.
Before I wrap up, can I mention something?
If you think about it, what was the thing that God parted for the Israelites back in Egypt? Water, right? He parted the Red Sea. Yup. Gotcha.
But when you’re in the wilderness . . . what do you need most?
The very thing that He took from you, He will use it to bless you. That’s His promise to you.
It’s just all disguised as, the Process™.
PS. I’m always praying for you! I want you to know I seriously want to invest my life into your life. My prayer is each blog post I write will really help you in the daily struggles of “Saying Yes to God Everyday,” what I like to call S.Y.G.E (pronounced sige). That being said, this is really a two way conversation. If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, prayer requests, anything, you can reach me by commenting, email-ing, or catching me at any of my social media accounts. I’m here for you!
PPS. Please pray for me. I’m going through the Process and trusting God is not easy at all, to say the least. But I know one day we’ll see God’s fulfilled promises in our lives.