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March 2014 Prepared for Blessing

From My Life’s Journey                                                                             March, 2014  

Topic:  Prepared for Blessing       

Greetings and blessings to you!  Thank you for reading this first “From My Life’s Journey” ministry letter of 2014.  May you be encouraged in your walk with God!

Over the past couple months, I’ve been reading and studying the first five books of the Bible.  In Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy which are called the Pentateuch, we are introduced to God’s chosen and favored people, the children of Israel.  We are also introduced to Moses who was blessed greatly but also challenged greatly.  God favored Moses and knew him face to face (Deut. 34:10); yet, Moses was greatly challenged and often wearied by dealing with the rebellious Israelites (Exodus 32:19).  Reading these five books in a relatively short time span has helped me discern themes and key points that reveal how God works in the lives of men.  Let me explain.

The Bible says that God already knows the plans He has for our lives (Jer. 29:11) and those plans are good.  But what is God’s process of working out His plans?  His process generally is to allow things to happen for us little by little so that we gain strength and an ability to handle our blessings well. 

For instance, in Exodus 23:26-30 God assures Moses that the Promised Land belongs to the children of Israel, but they will have to fight battles.  God promises to support the Israelites in battle to drive out the inhabitants of the land.  God’s plan is to do this little by little as the children of Israel increase in numbers and strength.  As with the Israelites, God knows what it takes to prepare us for the blessings He has for us, and He also knows the strength we will need in Him to maintain those blessings.

As God’s chosen, we must trust our loving Father and allow Him to take His time preparing us for blessing.  Why? Because blessings often come with some measure of hardness.  For example, when Moses sent spies to scope out the Promised Land, they said, “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!  Here is its fruit.  But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large” (Numbers 13:27-28a, NIV).  In other words, this place is great but

 Yes, God has blessings for us, but know that Red Seas and Jordan Rivers must be crossed in order to obtain those blessings.  It requires us to be strong, courageous, and prepared to endure.  Sometimes blessings are delayed because God knows we must be stronger to endure not only what it takes to obtain the blessing, but also what it takes to maintain it.  God knows the process and the way!

What I have shared with you relates beautifully to the life of Joseph.  God had a plan for Joseph’s life from the beginning.  His father Jacob really loved Joseph, so there was no way that Jacob would have allowed his favored son to end up in Egypt.  God, however, allowed Joseph to be sold into slavery so that he would end up exactly there – in Egypt.  But why?  Because the place of Joseph’s foreordained elevation and promotion was to occur in Egypt.  In due time, God positioned Joseph second only to Pharoah, and Joseph dispensed food and provisions to his family when they came to Egypt for help during a great famine.  Joseph endured the hardness of slavery and lived in a dungeon which prepared him for a position of authority and favor.  He maintained faith, even during suffering.

As Christians, we can rest in knowing that God is preparing us for spiritual blessing foreordained and predetermined for us.  May we value God’s eternal work in our lives and press forward in faith. 

This letter speaks to me as I walk through this season in my life – a season of God’s preparation of me, yes, but also a season of difficulty.  Through it all, I trust God to work in my life for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).  I have also learned the following nuggets that have helped me: 

 

  • Yield to the wisdom of the Potter and trust.  We are His clay – He is committed to us and loves us.
  • Live a righteous life in spite of hardness.  Joseph pleased God, made wise decisions, and remained humble through his trials and suffering.  He was greatly rewarded for living rightly before God. 
  • Ask God to reveal what you are to learn from this season of your life.  Our life experiences are used by God for our growth, and He will grant wisdom and discernment when we ask (James 1:5).

Trust the preparation process for blessing. What a beautiful vessel you are becoming in the Master’s hands!

Blessings~

Dr. Iris Barrett