Your problem is your protection. I get it…that’s the last thing you want to hear right now, but just go with me…Your problem is B I G. It could be your family, job, relationship, future, past, unknowns; whatever it is, you can’t stop thinking about it. It somehow seems to have taken over your daily thoughts.
We have all been there and if anyone understands, it’s me. There have been some things lately I have really been struggling with and a sweet friend reminded me that my problem is not as big as I think it is. My problem is, at times, I feel so insignificant. I am a go-getter and there are some things in life that I really want but chasing for those things would take the protection off my life. Sometimes I believe the lie ‘if I do this certain thing, I will be happy’. WRONG SISTER.
A couple years ago I was going through one of the hardest seasons in my life and someone told me to pray for a passage that would give me hope + promise. I prayed the Lord would lead me to the right one and in His constant + faithful way, He did. He gave me Deuteronomy 8. The context of it is God was leading the Isrealites (a people group) out of Egypt. They had been under the leadership of Pharaoh, who was basically a communist. Egypt was a place of oppression and slavery for the Isrealites – as it related to me, Egypt was my ‘hard season’. God used Moses to lead them out of Egypt into the Promise Land. The Promise Land represents a place where everything was provided. The Israelites would lack nothing and have everything they needed. God literally used a cloud that led Moses and the Isrealites in the direction they should go (Dear Lord, please do this for me. GIVE ME A SIGN-HA!).
Here is the part as it relates to you and I. If you look on a map, there was a straight line from leading the Israelites from Egypt into the Promiseland. However, God led them in a roundabout way into the Promiseland. Instead of leading them from Point A to Point B (a straight line across), He led them from Point A to basically Point J…crazy, right? This route was more of ‘U’ shape instead of just a straight line. They had to go to all these “obscure and unnecessary places” before they got to the right place. The whole time, the Israelites complained why they couldn’t just go the way they thought they should go because, on a map, it was a much quicker and easier route (ehem, HELLO. That is me). I ALWAYS think my way is better. We play the role of God. Even if we aren’t conscientiously thinking that, the fact we complain about the direction we’re heading means we think our way is better.
What the Israelites didn’t know is if they gone the easier route, they would have encountered much more difficult battles than if they went the route God led them on. God was P R O T E C T I N G them from things they couldn’t see ahead. The very thing we are complaining about could ultimately be the thing protecting us from something we don’t see coming. God keeps us in places where we may question, feel uncelebrated, unknown. He doesn’t do this to make us miserable but to learn a very valuable lesson in trusting Him. If we don’t trust Him with our problems, we won’t give Him credit for our victories.
I don’t know what you’re dealing with or what battles you’re facing, but take hope in the fact you are in the place you are for a reason. He is hiding you away and protecting you from even bigger battles. The route may seem difficult and grueling, but there is a Promise Land ahead. Just remember, what you may THINK is your problem, could be the thing that is protecting you.
Let me know if you have experienced this or going through a difficult time. I would love to pray for you!