It’s a Hard Knock Life

Abraham waited 100 years to meet the son God promised him.  Joseph spent 15+ years waiting for the vision God gave him to become a reality that his brothers would bow before him. A big chunk of that time was in prison.  Moses waited 40 years in the desert before God showed up in a burning bush. David waited 15 years from the day he was anointed to be king until he sat on the throne.  And what about Lazarus? It certainly seemed like it was too late for him.  He died! 

God could have allowed Sarah to conceive before her ninety-fifth birthday came and went!  God could have made Joseph a ruler the moment he arrived in Egypt!  God could have spoken to Moses the first week he got to the back side of the desert hiding from the Egyptians. God certainly could have had Samuel usher David straight to a seat of royalty.  And oh my goodness, God surely could have kept Lazarus from the grave!

Lets take a closer look at Moses.  When he was snatched out of the Nile river as a baby and whisked off to the palace by Pharaoh’s daughter, don’t you know his mother was fearful of what would happen to her baby boy with the influence of the world? 

And what about when Moses killed the Egyptian in defense of his relatives and was forced to flee for his life to the back side of the desert?  Don’t you know he thought his life was over?  He had surely messed up too bad for even God to use him.   How could it get any worse? 
BUT… how many of you know that when God needed someone to lead two million of His kids out of captivity that God showed up to Moses in a burning bush?   And when He needed someone to teach The Children of Israel how to survive in the wilderness for forty years that He chose someone who had been living in those conditions for last forty years.  And even better, when God needed someone to write the first five books of the Bible, He called someone who grew up in the Palace because back then only royalty were taught how to read and write.
God used his hard-knock-life to prepare Moses for what God needed done! 
We could go on and on with nearly every person mentioned in the Bible telling their story and tying it back to their purpose.  What’s the common thread in all of their stories?  I propose that it was perseverance and faith. 
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For me, faith is believing that God will do exactly what He says He will do, even if it seems impossible. 
In 1994 our church had a women’s conference and the lady brought in to speak told me that she felt like God was prompting her to tell me that I would be leading large numbers of young women. That they would be sitting around me and I would be teaching them.  To which my response to myself was, well she must have me confused with someone else at the church. There’s no way I can teach anyone.  But my friend suggest I write it down anyway and tuck it away in the back of my Bible just in case.  
On occasion I go back and read those words, reminding myself what God said about me because what He prompted the keynote speaker to share with me that weekend was right on for today.  
What has God put in your heart in the past; maybe that you have even forgotten about? OR what hard-knocks are you willing to allow God to use?   
God tells us in Isaiah 55:9  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. and verse 11: So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Purpose to live by faith and persevere for what God has positioned you to do… even if it doesn’t look likely today.  

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Cindy Willingham is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.

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