Who Holds Your Future ??
“Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”
I had barely slept last night, and as the sorrow in my heart, and the thoughts in my head grew bigger and bigger in the darkness, I finally had to roll to my knees to pray. And when the sunshine finally peeked through my window, I immediately began to pray again. I poured out my heart to God and dumped all of my concerns at His feet ….
But as I continued praying, I began to notice a pattern. No matter what circumstance or concern I shared with God, they all seemed to share one underlying theme ~ the fear of lack of provision ….
The enemy brought my past to my heart, and my personal circumstances, and suddenly my future was not feeling as secure as it once seemed. Fears, doubts, and old insecurities tried to overtake me; but I know that the enemy always attacks right after or right before a major breakthrough ….
As I continued in my prayer, I felt God convicting my heart with the need to stop fearing the unknown and to start trusting Him with the known. Then I heard a gentle whisper in my spirit saying, “I alone, am your Provider” ….. With eyes closed and tears threatening to emerge afresh, I nodded my head and relpied, “yes, my Lord. You are” …. and then I prayed, “Forgive me for doubting Your provision. I seek Your peace and ask You to take away the fears gripping my heart, and these thoughts consuming my mind. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that You hold my future… amen” ….
I opened my eyes and felt Jesus nudging me to have some time alone in His Word, so I picked up my bible and immediately, hot tears pushed through my eyes as I realized that the place where it had opened to as I laid it on the bed, was echoing the prayer that I had just prayed minutes earlier. It specifically addressed the fears for provision I had just shared with God. In fact, it was nearly word for word. His Word is truly written on my heart and I must have read this before at some point to have those very words arise from my spirit. God had heard the cries of my heart, and He wasted no time reassuring me He was listening …. I love that when the Holy Spirit confirms the word in my heart this way…
The scriptures that were revealed to me are found in Exodus where God provided for His people in a miraculous way. It was designed to bring them closer to Him, as they were forced to trust Him for their provision on a daily basis.
I read about how the people of Israel had looked everywhere but “up” for their needs to be met. They’d been slaves to the Egyptians, and after God set them free, they had to fully trust Him for all of their needs. The slaves were physically free, but still mentally enslaved to their habit of looking for provision from other people and other things ….
I thought about where I had usually looked for provisions, and none of them were “up” so to speak. I had in times past looked to my job, I had looked to my husband, and even recently I had looked to my next payday, I had even looked to my relationships ….
But now life was changing, and God has been calling me to look to Him and Him alone …..
Then I read further in the passage to (Exodus 16:8) which says, “And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.”
I had to simply say ouch! … I had been doing quite a bit of complaining while I was sharing my concerns with my Lord. I realized my complaints were not only to my Provider, but against my Provider. The One who had always provided for me in the past, and He would continue to do so in the future, even if I didn’t know exactly how ….
After reading these scriptures and thanking God for reminding me that He was my Provider ~ I immediately felt a wave of peace. Admitting my need for God and trusting Him as my Provider for everything that I need or will ever need, has lightened my heart and has changed my perspective for this day, and hopefully forward ….
In conclusion; I still may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds my future, and He has your future in His hands, too. I know that the devil, which is nothing but a thief, comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and that he is the accuser of the brethren, (Revelation 12:10), but he is cast down and defeated. The enemy will use whatever means at his disposal to rob you of your joy and your peace, steal the seed, which is the Word that the Lord has planted within you, and he wants to destroy your faith and your hope. However, you have the power and the authority to rebuke him and cast him away by the name of Jesus Christ! Rise up today in that authority that Jesus has given you; He said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19). The devil is a snake! Put him under your heel! Step on his head hard! Harder!!!
You are NOT a weakling; you are NOT a victim; you are NOT defeated or going under, regardless of what thoughts or emotions that he tries to bring to you. Yes, we are vulnerable as we sleep, but as it is written: “He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Luke 4:10-11).
The Lord says to you today: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:19)
Something to ponder today might be: what provisional needs have you been most stressed about? And how might committing to trust God as your Jehovah-Jireh bring peace to your heart today?
Let us pray ~
Lord God, I have been feeling enslaved to my thoughts of worry and doubt, and I seek Your forgiveness right now. Please help me to remember that You alone are the One who will provide for all of my needs; the physical, emotional, and spiritual. Help me to see the many sweet ways that You are raining down manna each day in my life in so many areas, and help me to trust You alone with my future… In Jesus name, Amen.
God is with us …. God bless you!!