Pick-Me-Up: By God’s Power and Grace

© Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.
© Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.

“For Thou dost light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.  For by Thee I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall,” ~Psalm 18:28-29

© 2016 Lynn Abbott

Even if you have been called to do something, the road may prove extremely difficult.

And quite honestly, I struggle with that.

Hitting those bumps in the road, I often ask, “Am I where I’m supposed to be? Does God really intend for me to serve in this way?”

Perhaps, you’ve been there, too.

It’s not an unusual way to feel. Even Moses questioned when his dream didn’t immediately fall into place.

Moses and Aaron, of course, obeyed God and delivered His message to Pharaoh: “Let my people go,” (Exodus 5:1).

But Pharaoh not only refused to let Israel go, he also punished the people by more than doubling their workload, (Exodus 5:6-9).

Things had gone from bad to worse.

I can’t blame Moses for feeling discouraged. God had called him to make a journey and when Moses sailed on the open sea, a tsunami hit.

Moses questioned, “‘O LORD, why hast Thou brought harm to this people?  Why didst Thou ever send me?  Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he has done harm to this people; and Thou has not delivered Thy people at all,” (Exodus 5:22-23).

Yeah. What about that?

I return to this simple truth:  even though I respond to God’s call, I am not guaranteed an easy path.

You see, God has a greater purpose. God’s calling frequently involves faith building.

Again and again, Pharaoh threw obstacles in Israel’s path.

Yet, with each roadblock, Yahweh miraculously demonstrated His power.  Israeli freedom did not come by Egyptian favor.  Nor did it come because of Moses’ demonstrated talent or education.

It came by the power and grace of God.