Now Is The Time

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10 NLT

Shortly after I finished college and got married, God captivated my heart like never before and told me He had big plans for my life.

Of course, I was so spiritually immature at the time, I thought surely that meant He was going to make me rich and successful in my medical career field.

After months of growing closer to Him in prayer and obedience to His word, praying and seeking God with more tenacity than ever, I lost my job. And with it, half of our income and all of my hope. I went from being career driven to questioning everything I had worked so hard for, and I was more desperate than ever for God to guide me to something — anything.

In that difficult season, I committed to wait for God and trust Him to show me what He wanted me to do, but it took time for me to realize that even in the wait, God wants us to do His work.

In Exodus 3, Egypt was a place of captivity for God’s people. Moses wasn’t perfect, he wasn’t even a godly man, but our God is bigger than our godlessness. He called Moses out of the wilderness and into a specific plan for his life, and in obedience, Moses led God’s people to freedom.

Today, we are surrounded by people everywhere who are in captivity. There are people all around us who need to know that God loves them and that Christ died to save them — people who will spend eternity separated from God if they aren’t impacted by this message of truth.

Though our paths may look different, each of us is meant to serve the purpose of spreading the life-saving message of Christ to all around us, and we can do that now. If you’re an athlete, a business owner, a college student, a stay-at-home-mom, a pastor, a truck driver — YOU HAVE A MISSION FIELD given to you by God to lead people from captivity to freedom. And you can do that now!

God wants to work in and through your life, giving you freedom so that you can help others find freedom. He wants you to live a life of love — a life that leads others to true life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 says that we should pray and intercede for everyone because God “wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Even before we are completed ourselves, even before we are in the places God is taking us to, we can share Him with everyone we come in contact with. Even while we are waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promises to us, we can be fulfillment of His promises to others.

Because there is not a single person intended by God to go to hell, we must share the Gospel and be God’s love to everyone. In the grocery store, at the mailbox, in the office, at church, with our families — everywhere!

Each of us has a divine path planned for our lives based on the talents God has already given us. We can spend our entire lives waiting for God to show us exactly what He has for us to do, waiting for Him to spell out every facet of what He’s designed, but at some point we have to go and do the things He has already commanded us to do in His Word.

While we are waiting on the Lord to answer prayers or provide healing, we can be kind to our neighbor. As we trust Him to unfold His next step for our lives, we can serve people in our church or go out into our community.

God won’t always visit us boldly in a burning bush, like He did with Moses, but He has spoken to us boldly in His Word and has given us the precise instructions for how to live lives that honor Him, even in the waiting period. Now is always the time to pray for people and love them like Christ. Now is always God’s time to share Him with our world.

Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore the gift in God’s Timing.

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Elle was raised in Mobile, Alabama, where she met and married her husband, Hayden. Since becoming a full-time mom to their little boy, Ethan, God has grown in her a burden for women, especially moms. Elle loves using her spiritual gifts to encourage other women, particularly in a spiritual setting.

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