STICK TO THE GAMEPLAN
God has a plan for your life. Sometimes it takes years to figure out what that is. Maybe you will know as a child, but maybe you won’t know until you are an adult. Either way, you just need to stick to the gameplan…keep doing what God wants you to do until He redirects you or tells you to do something else.
God made a plan to save us and he has made a plan to use us in His work on earth.
Let’s look at the plan God had to save us.
Use to, people had to kill / sacrifice animals as the way to get forgiveness for their sin. The animal’s death and blood ‘covered’ their sins. But they had to keep killing animals because, like all of us, they still sinned from time to time.
God had a plan! A plan for a ‘once and for all’ death to cover or pay the penalty for all mankind’s sin. No more killing animals everytime we sinned…a perfect sacrifice that would never need to be repeated.
The plan was that Jesus would come to earth to die as that perfect, once and for all sacrifice.
The plan, though, started way back in time when He chose a righteous man named Moses from the Israelites, His chosen people. God’s plan was for the Israelites to go to the Promised Land and have a Savior / Jesus be born for them. That was the plan.
There was only one problem, they were in slavery down in Egypt. They couldn’t go to the Promised Land. So, God told Moses to lead His people out of slavery. Moses had been told to do what all the Israelites had dreamed of since going into slavery. But this would be no easy task. It would take Moses through a lot of pain, fear and heartache to get this accomplished. Let’s see what Moses would have to do.
He would have to:
STICK TO THE PLAN, EVEN WHEN IT HURT
God told Moses to go straight to the most powerful Egyptian leader – to the Pharaoh himself.
Pharaoh considered himself to be the only true person able to go between their false gods and the people of the world. To him, the great superpowers were those of nature, like the sun and the moon, and he was the great high priest who could approach these high-gods. There were beautiful temples built along the Nile River in their honor, even.
So Moses and his brother Aaron, two old men – at 80 and 83 years old, go up to Pharaoh – the mighty king who thought he had a direct connection with nature. They went to him and said,
“THIS IS WHAT THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, SAYS: ‘LET MY PEOPLE GO, SO THAT THEY MAY HOLD A FESTIVAL TO ME IN THE DESERT.’” (EXODUS 5:1)
They didn’t change the ‘game plan,’ they did just exactly as God told them to.
And then things began to “HURT’’ even more. The Pharaoh wasn’t about to do what Moses or anyone else told him to do. Instead, he made the Isrealites do more and more work. The Isrealites began to hate Moses and wished he had never come to try and free them. Moses even became angry that God would allow them to have even more hardships and troubles in their lives.
But God reassured them that His gameplan would work if they stick with it. God reminded them that His promises always come true at just the right time. God wanted them to Stick to the plan, even though it hurts right now.”
God never said life would be EASY. But He did say in Joshua 1:5 “..I will not fail you or abandon you.”
God knew the future for the Israelites and He knows your future.
Remember who God is – a God of compassion and mercy. If you are His, remember who you are – a redeemed child of God – bought by the precious blood of Christ. Remember that God will never disown you, even if your friends and family do. So, stick to the plan – even when it hurts – because God will stick with you when nobody else will.
If you aren’t sure if you are God’s,