“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. – Exodus 1:18-21 (NIV)
Have you felt God prompting you to do something but the outcome was not at all what you had envisioned? Perhaps you knew, that you knew, that you knew what He instructed you to do but it was as though you were thrust squarely into the center of adversity. It may have even felt as though your hands were tied behind your back because no matter how hard you tried, you simply couldn’t make any headway.
If you are walking in obedience but can’t seem to push past the intense resistance, it is of the utmost importance to refrain from shifting the focus from God onto the problem at hand. Defeat is a heavy garment with which you simply cannot afford to clothe yourself. If not, as you are weighted down with defeat, paralysis will quickly set in and render you immobile and powerless to endure the rest of the journey.
All too often, we are looking for immediate success. The truth of the matter is that God is the Alpha and Omega and has a long term plan for success. If at the present time, the outcome is less than desirable, it’s because God’s not finished with it yet. In God’s infinite wisdom and understanding, at times He purposes to cause seemingly small defeats in order to build the momentum to showcase a grand victory where He will give you double for your trouble.
Lord, help me to quickly disrobe the heavy garment of what my limited understanding relates to as defeat so that I can press on in service and achieve great success, all for your glory.