Exodus 3:17 –“And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey."
God made a simple promise to Israel after they came to their senses and wanted God to take the out of their bondage. He said, “I will take you from your bondage and affliction and suffering, and I will bring you into the best of the best that I have planned for you.”
God tells YOU the same thing. He wants to show you what His PLAN is for your life, and He always wants to take you to the best of the best as quickly as you will allow Him to. We allow God to bring us from point A to Point B (affliction to blessing) only as quickly as we follow His instructions, obey Him, and trust Him.
Instead, the nation of Israel decided to do things their way, so God let them wander in the wildnerness.
They might have wandered for one week. They were, after all, always no more than a six-day journey into the best of the best, but because they failed to listen..failed to trust God completely, and failed to honor His promises to them, God left them stranded in the Wilderness of the desert for forty years. Most of the adults NEVER got to see the best of the best. They NEVER got to see what God had in store for them.
Are YOU like that today?
God has a plan and purpose for YOUR LIFE, and for mine. I finally let go of doing things my way (in December of 2007), and prayed this prayer: “Lord, I have done things MY WAY for most of my life. I trusted in myself to make things happen, and I have become rich with plenty of money….rich with three homes…rich with Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but I want to know what YOUR PLAN was and is for my life because I don’t want to miss out on getting to the best of the best.”
God took all that I had away from me within FOUR MONTHS of that prayer. My money dried up…my kids abandoned me, my girlfriend of ten years abandoned me….it became just God and me. God needed to get my attention.
One time, Moses told God that the Israelites were complaining about the manna that God miraculously gave them to eat every day. They wanted more..they wanted meat. God told Moses that He would deliver meat to them – so much so that it would come out of their nostrils and He would feed them meat for a month.
Moses basically doubted that God could feed the multitudes, but God said something to Moses that I want to share with YOU – He said, in Numbers 11:23 - “Is there a limit to my power?” the Lord answered.
I now KNOW that there is NO LIMIT to God’s power. There is NO force that can be arrayed against you when God is there to protect you. There is NOTHING that can keep God from giving you the best of the best – NOBODY BUT YOU!
We keep God from bringing us from point A to point B.
Let me illustrate: Sixteen months AFTER my prayer, God slowly began to train me like He tried to do with the Israelites. The difference is that I listened. I respected God’s testing and the trials that he brought my way to strengthen me and test my resolve to stick with Him, and stay on His path…to follow His plan as He would make it known to me. Now, some 3.5 years later, God is showing me where “B” is taking me.
One of the desires of my heart was to sing. I stink at singing, but I was good at writing books, so God allowed me to write seven books ….one in 1997, and it is still on Amazon.com today…the other six were written since 2005. All of this was training and was for my own edification and training because I had to study God’s Word to know what it says, and what it means.
Surprise of all surprise came when I attempted to sing four songs and put them on YouTube about a year or so ago. I forgot about them, and revisited my “channel” at YouTube.com/jtyler5 about two months ago. About 3,500 people had uploaded my four songs. This prompted me to begin trying to sing again, and I put 45 new ones on YouTube since then. I got over 15,000 uploads of my songs…11,000 of them came within 60-days.
Was God telling me something? Is this the plan He has for me to get the gospel message out to the masses?
Apparently, this is His plan, and it surprised me because singing is what I would love to do…but I know I’m not that good at it. I also know that if God is in it, my voice will get better, and the videos that I produce will get better over time.
It dawned on me that getting about 6,000 uploads a month …from people all over the world, means that God is showing me that He is producing an audience for my country music and oldies…and some gospel songs. It dawned on me that I could add a few gospel videos on my channel, and get to deliver the gospel message that Jesus saves…in a subliminal way.
So, now, I add the gospel songs, and for whomever they move to do so, there is a link to the page that I made on the web that tells people how to become “born again”.
So, the plan is wonderful. I have never been happier in my life than since the day I realized that God is taking me to point B, and I am getting there rapidly now because I have learned to trust Him, and let Him lead. I used to always lead, and I would invite God to follow me……..I did fine, but was always missing out on God’s best of the best. Now, I’m “content”.
God is directing my paths (proverbs 3:5-6), and the gospel is getting out, which is ALWAYS God’s plan for us. He wants a close relationship with YOU and me, and He promises to lead, guide and direct our paths toward the best of the best.
Don’t YOU really want to know what you could have had if you simply ask God to show you His plan and purpose for your life?
Why would you want to be like the Israelites and foolishly wander around for a lifetime when you could have the best of the best right NOW?
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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