“God Has A Plan”
This is the title of Pastor Phyl’s sermon this week. He began by saying that he wanted to ask us to do one thing; to trust God. It’s a hard thing to do, and there is no greater challenge than to trust God with our children. Pastor Phyl went on to tell the story of a man who loved mountain biking. One day, when he was out on the mountains, he was going a little too fast and ended up so near to the cliff edge that he went over. As he was falling, he reached out and caught hold of a branch. Once he was hanging there, there was no way up or down. He called out for help, and a voice came down from the heavens; God’s voice. The man asked for help, and God told him to trust Him and let go of the branch. The man then called out, asking if there was anyone else there. This is so typical of our society. We find it so difficult to just reach out in blind faith and to trust God.
Psalm 145:4 says: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts”
This section of scripture shows quite clearly that all of God’s works are for good, and that He has a plan. The truth is that God has a great plan for our lives, but when experiences come our way, we’re the ones that aren’t so sure. We will come up against challenges, but God has a plan. All we need to do is to trust Him.
In Exodus 1, the new Pharaoh didn’t know Joseph’s good deeds. They were not communicated to him, and so they were lost. This is why Psalm 145:4 is so important. Without this happening, Pharaoh set in place an edict that all of the Hebrew women’s male babies were to be put to death. This is where we enter the story of Moses (Exodus 2:1-10), and we are shown clearly that God always has a plan.
The story of Moses is one that we tend to romanticise, but it is not a “good” story. It must have been so hard for Jochebed. She gave birth to a baby boy, whom she knew would be put to death if he was discovered. She chose to hide him for as long as possible, and when she was not able to hide him any longer, she placed him in a basket and put the basket in the bulrushes. She trusted God. She had no way of knowing, one way or another, whether her son would be ok. She just had to place all of her trust in God, that He would bring Moses through this, and as the story progresses, we see that God had a great plan for Moses’ life all along.
Pastor Phyl spoke of three points that we must remember as we go through life:
- Trust God
We try to teach our children all of the things that we didn’t do. We try to make sure that the things we did wrong don’t then become the same things that our children do wrong, but in the end, only God knows the plan that He has for them.
Jochebed trusted God when she placed Moses into the basket and set him among the bulrushes. She wouldn’t have known whether he would survive or not. If he had been found by the wrong person, he would have been killed instantly. It was a huge risk for her to let go of him and let God carry out His plan, but she did it. She trusted God for her child.
Can we trust God for our children?
- Celebrate The Miracles
90% of parenting is a drudge. It is the discipline, and the teaching, and telling them over and over again the same thing. What we must learn to do is to celebrate the little things when they’re young, and we will see God’s goodness.
When Moses was discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh, and Jochebed was called to nurse him, she was able to celebrate the fact that he was still alive, and that she was able to be a part of his life, and not only that, she was getting paid for it. She trusted God and was rewarded for this.
What we must take from this story is that we need to celebrate the little things; the small achievements that happen in the mundane.
- Learn To See The Big Picture
A man named Professor Heimlich was made famous after inventing the Heimlich manoeuvre. It is interesting that it is he who invented this, when the very same manoeuvre would, many years later, be the thing that saved his life.
God saw the big picture, and so did Jochebed in Exodus. She trusted in God’s plan, even if it wasn’t exactly how she wanted things to go, and as a result, Moses grew up to be well educated and was able to free so many people from slavery.
Pastor Phyl brought his sermon to a close by asking us whether we could trust God with ours and our children’s lives. He encouraged us to pray for them and to trust them to God. This is something that we must do as we progress in our Christian walk and we realise that we must let go of the physical, because there is nothing that we can control.
God’s grace is the only reason we’re here.
Can we trust Him and His plan?
Scriptures: Psalm 145, Psalm 145:4, Exodus 2:1-10