No, we haven't had a bad day. We are having a bad year. We may even think we have had a bad decade. We have tried our best. We have given our all. We have lost something that means more than life to us. It could be our marriages or those who died that we loved. Either way, the pain goes to the root of our hearts. Maybe our finances are the worst they have ever been and our jobs are on the rocks. We maybe overweight, overworked, overtaxed, overcome and over the hill. How do we keep going?
I think of Moses in times like these. What kept Moses going for thirty-eight more years with a bunch of complaining, often disobedient, criticizing people? He not only lacked a nice place to live, he lacked a permanent place to live. The written days of his history or relatively brief. I believe that was because one day in the wilderness was much like all the others.
Moses had to maintain a group of people who are like most people. They complain about each other and bring disputes to him to solve. He had to organize the people so that every complaint didn't come to him. Still, I'll bet he heard people talking about the "good ole days" back in Egypt when they could count on their masters to keep them fat and happy.
Moses kept going because he had a place to go. He knew that he had to wait until the people could go into the Promised Land.
Every time we think we can't take another step we have forgotten about the Promised Land.
We have forgotten that defeat is not where God wants us to stay.
We have forgotten the plans that God's plans for us are victory.
We have forgotten that what we are going through will pass no matter how long it lasts.
We have forgotten that God is the one who provides. It is not our circumstances that give us security. It is walking with Him and seeing Him provide.
We have forgotten that nothing comes into our lives without God's knowledge and permission.
We have forgotten that we will have victory with Him over everything that oppresses us.
We have forgotten that He has conquered death.
We have forgotten that He carries us when we truly can't take another step
The reason we don't think you can not take another step is not because of your circumstances. We simply have a bad memories.
We have forgotten that God is still God no matter what.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.