Opposition And God’s Sovereign Power

Grace For The Journey

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14Dec  What opposition have you been running up against lately?  It comes in all forms, from someone who is trying to undermine you at the office, to sickness and disease that is testing the outer edges of your health plan; from someone who is telling others hurtful things about you behind your back, to those who are standing in the way of God’s call in your life; from trouble in your marriage, to rebellious children.  Regardless of the opposition you are facing today, I have a word of great comfort.

Opposition in the hands of Omnipotence

Is nothing more than opportunities for God

To display His power in you, through you, and for you.

This powerful truth is revealed in Exodus chapter 5.  In Verse 2 Pharaoh responded to Moses’ call to let God’s people go by saying, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him and let Israel go?  I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”  It seemed like the Israelites were never going to get out of Egypt.

With every word Moses spoke, the situation got worse for the people.

With every miracle delivered by the hand of the Almighty,

The most powerful man in Egypt dug his heels in deeper

And retreated further into his sin and self-absorption.

The opposition seemed impossible for Moses to overcome . . . and it was!

It was impossible for Moses to overcome,

But what was impossible for Moses

Was entirely possible for the Almighty God.

And that was the whole point.

If Pharaoh had let the people go when Moses brought God’s Word to him the first time, the world would have missed the awesome display of God’s power at work on behalf of His people.

What we consider opposition and obstacles in our way

Are merely opportunities for God to demonstrate

His sovereign power over all things.

When we witness the restoration of broken relationships, impossible situations on the job turned around, fractured and dysfunctional families forgiving one another and coming together, rebellious children returning and being restored, and death sentences from doctors turned into supernatural healings, we have the privilege of seeing Omnipotence at work in a fallen, broken, and sin-filled world, through fallen, broken, and sin-filled people.

Jesus repeated a truth that God declared several times in the Old Testament, “With man it is impossible, but not with God.  For all things are possible with God.”  (Mark 10:27)

The next time you face opposition or obstacles in life . . .

Fear not!

God is at work on your behalf.

God knows the beginning from the end, and nothing can stop Him from accomplishing His perfect purposes.  Now, it may not look like the plan you had in mind; it may not fit into your timetable, but it will certainly fit into His.  And His timetable is always better than yours.  Moses was expecting every miracle to be the one that would cause Pharaoh to let God’s people go.  But . . .

It was not going to happen

Until God was ready to finish

Displaying His awesome power,

That He might be glorified.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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