As we look at our futures, we often fear the challenges, hardships, and steps it takes to reach our destiny. With the fear of sinking into doubt, lies, and struggles crashing over us, our minds jump to conclusions leading us to doubt God’s perfect plan in our lives. The thought of not choosing the right path or making the right decisions leads us to believe we have ruined God’s plan for our lives. That little voice in our head tells us to be careful and cautious, it creates worry and eliminates peace. We know that God is sovereign and he will guide us, yet the small voice in our mind telling us we will mess up does not fade.
In Joshua 9 & 10, God uses Joshua to show us his sovereignty and power. Joshua was given an assignment, to take over the lands and drive out ALL the people in the land. A group of men from Gibeon came to Joshua begging for help. They began to explain to Joshua that they had been traveling for days and needed to know their people would be safe. Without asking for God’s opinion in the situation, Joshua made a covenant with the men. By not driving these people out, Joshua was not doing what the Lord wanted. Other kings found out what happened and decided to attack the men of Gibeon. The Kings, led by Adoni-zedek, gathered their men to fight. The 5 kings of the Amorites went to Gibeon and Joshua conquered the men taking over all of their land. The Lord told Joshua prior to this to trust Him and that is exactly what Joshua did.
In this story, many different things could have happened. Joshua could have gotten discouraged and gave up on fulfilling God’s assignment, God could have stopped Joshua before he made the covenant with Gibeon, or Joshua could have asked God before making the covenant and finished what God asked him to do originally. Instead of these situations happening, God wanted the story to go exactly as it had. Joshua got back up, filled himself with God’s truths, and kept fighting. Because Joshua did what he did, he ended up conquering 5 kings, including their armies and all of their land. God used Joshua’s disobedience and turned it into a perfect plan to glorify Himself. An assignment that may have taken months to finish due to the amount of land, God turned around to wipe out the all 5 kings and their armies at once.
While reading this story, I had so many questions for God. I could not understand why God did not just tell Joshua that he was about to make a bad choice. If God had a plan for Joshua, why would God allow Joshua to fall away from His perfect plan? Why would God allow Joshua to make such a big mistake that would even affect the people around him? And the Lord said softly,
“Lydia, I know the end of the story before it was finished. Trust.”
We all know that God has a plan for our lives and that he loves us. We know that he cares for us so he would not do anything without a purpose. We are so consumed in the result we are losing sight of the journey God is taking us on. We can only see all the darkness and obstacles blocking our path that is blinding our vision. While in the darkness God is standing right in front of us telling us to look up. He wants us to see his hand in our lives. To Trust that ultimately, He has us in his hands and loves us unconditionally. We are not strong, powerful, or wise enough to ruin God’s plan for our life. And for us to think that we are, is not who God created us to be. We are not meant to figure out the result. We are meant to walk with God in obedience while he teaches us through the journey.
If you think you have blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this: you, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful -Lisa Bever