In our series “Living beyond Lockdown”, we have explored how whenever there’s a promise from God to take, it requires preparation in order to possess it. Those seasons of preparation involve enduring certain pressures, and God gives us everything we need for surviving the pressures to thrive in his promises.
The promise is guaranteed – the only uncertain variable is our willingness to take possession, because it will require enduring a season of preparation which comes with pressures.
This week Jarryd Smith brought a powerful word in which he said, “We often look at the word “survive” in a negative way, but it means, “to continue to live or exist against all odds.”” Sometimes the seasons in which we survive are the trials required for writing a testimony.
As we were exploring the journey of the Israelites toward the Promised Land, we looked at Exodus 13 in the Old Testament. When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through Philistine country, even though it was shorter. God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt,” so God led his people around the desert road towards the Red Sea.
It would have been easier for the Israelites to think the shorter way was the way to go. It had good and easy roads, shorter distances to travel, and it was a trade route, so food and water could be found. The dangers of that shortcut were too great even though they could not see it, but God knew of the trouble.
A road may look good, look right, seem logical, may even be shorter, but shortcuts can sabotage our destiny. Proverbs 16:25 (NLT) tells us, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
- What doesn’t seem right to you about the personal path you’re on in this season?
- How do you need to trust God on this path personally?
When we feel the pressures on the pathway of preparation toward Gods promises, we can easily lose sight of who we are in Christ and who our God is, and we naturally start to look for shortcuts. We think to ourselves, “What’s the quickest way out of this?” or “How can I escape this feeling?” There are no shortcuts to Gods promises. Shortcuts will become our setbacks.
- Where have you been tempted to take shortcuts in your spiritual life during this season?
- How does acknowledging who you are in Christ help you survive the pressures in this season?
- God is described as our refuge, provider, healer, shepherd and so much more. What do you need to remind yourself of about who God is in this season personally and why?
As you reflect on who your God is in your personal circumstances at present, pray your thoughts back to God, declaring who He is to you. Thank Him, in faith, for being that provider, or healer, or whatever description you needed to remember.
As you end, read 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) aloud.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
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