Monday, May 17, 2010

Not Our Ways - Bad News

A very good friend recently told me, "Sometimes God's best plans are disguised by bad news."

It must have been thrilling to be an Israelite and hear that God was going to make a way out of Egypt. I can't imagine what it was like to live in slavery and experience the joy of knowing that God was going to lead the exodus. I also can't imagine what it must have really been like to have left Egypt and then find out that God's "good news" included an "impassable" Red Sea.

It must have been really bad news to see the Red Sea. They said, “is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?" (Exodus 14:11)

But the best plan was the they were going to be free - and that, in the land promised to them - a land of their own! That was still the God's plan - despite the "bad" news. And the best plan came to fruition, too! Israel did get a land of their own - the one that God promised.

But the plan was disguised by bad news. Just past the bad news was the best news: God's best plan.

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