Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD’s. But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God.” Exodus 9:29-30

Pharaoh is playing a game with Moses. Moses asks to Pharaoh to let his people go. Pharaoh says “no,” God sends a plague Pharaoh say he will let the people go, then changes his mind. Repeat. Here Moses calls him out. The hail will stop but Pharaoh has no fear of God, just fear of the circumstances.

I wonder how much I am like that. I pray that God will fix my circumstances. I fear my circumstances more than I fear God. I figure that if I can fix my circumstances, everything will be alright.

Maybe it is time to make a choice. Will I rely on my circumstances to bring me pleasure, comfort, security, and significance or will I rely on God? My mind knows the answer. My heart still needs some convincing.

God, too many times I trust in circumstances more than I trust in you. I fear them more than you. I put more value in them than I do in you. Teach me how to live.

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2 thoughts on “Circumstances

  1. Ouch! That one smarts.

    “I pray that God will fix my circumstances. I fear my circumstances more than I fear God.”

    I read that and know it’s true of my life. And true of how I plan for my future too.

    Oh how hard it is to let go of circumstance and grab on to God.

    I moved all the way to Iowa and Scot, you’re still hitting me with those Holy 2×4’s God gives you 😉

  2. It seems lately I am consumed by my circumstances. I look to friends and worldy things for comfort and joy and I am tired of it. I am trying to look to God for those things, but when he doesn’t present them to me the way I want him to, I get frustrated. I can see myself changing and looking to God, but not at the speed or quantity that I would like. If I’m annoyed with myself, how must God feel?