Ever wonder what God is up to? Typically this comes in the form of why God didn't do something we wanted. In this journey to put God first, to push his Son Jesus to the forefront of our lives, to listen to the voice of the Spirit....we still wonder! Why God? Why not God? How come God?
The reality for us is we don't know why God does what he does. Once in a while he lets us in the behind the scenes stuff, but mostly we just guess. People say thing like, "Well it must have happened for a reason." That may be true but most of us aren't content with that...we want to know what that reason was!
In Exodus 9:15-16 Moses is instructed to tell Pharaoh the following: "By now I could have lifted my hand and struck you and your people with a plague to wipe you off the face of the earth. But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth." I found comfort in these words today. God revealed a couple of general things about himself in this specific instance:
1. Surely the people of Israel were wondering why God hadn't wiped out the Egyptians. He's sending amazing, devastating signs their way; why not just wipe them out. God says, "I spared you for a purpose." In others words, there are reasons why God does what he does. That's not specific, but it informs us that God isn't deciding our fate with the flip of a coin or roll of the dice.
2. He says he wants to display his power. There are times God does something because he wants people to understand who they are dealing with. He wants to do something that invokes faith, that inspires awe, that points people toward himself.
3. Lastly he wants his fame to spread throughout the earth. Now that sounds narcissistic to us but it's not with God. He is the only God. His fame is should spread throughout the earth. His fame must spread throughout the earth. And that's in no way for his benefit, but in every way for our benefit.
So here's the challenge. Instead of wondering why God didn't do what you wanted, hoped, expected....zoom out a bit. Ask him to reveal what he's up to. Try to discern how what is personally disappointing to you might be beneficial to someone else. And even if you can't understand, choose to place the your efforts and energies into glorifying Christ instead of highlighting your own concerns, doubts, and complaints. He must increase!
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 7-9