What's the Plan?
So at last Pharaoh let the people go. God did not lead them through the land of the Philistines, although that was the most direct route from Egypt to the Promised Land. The reason was that God felt the people might become discouraged by having to fight their way through, even though they had left Egypt armed; he thought they might return to Egypt. Instead, God led them along a route through the Red Sea wilderness.
Moses took the bones of Joseph with them, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel vow before God that they would take his bones with them when God led them out of Egypt - as he was sure God would.
Leaving Succoth, they camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. The Lord guided them by a pillar of cloud during the daytime, and by a pillar of fire at night. So they could travel either by day or by night. The cloud and the fire were never out of sight. Exodus 13: 17-22 (TLB)
Naatan Hollman is from Tallinn, Estonia. After graduating from high school, Naatan had plenty of choices and different ideas about the shape his life could take, but he had no clear vision for his future. He had to find answers to many questions.
We are sometimes tempted to make our own plans and set goals for the future without considering God's plans for our lives. So Naatan decided to continue his studies by attending seminary and to search for God's guidance.
In Exodus, God ordered Moses to lead the people out of Egypt. Moses had no clear map, development plan, or carefully designed strategy for the journey to the Promised Land. All he could do was to trust in God.
As we search for God's plans for our lives, we can trust that God will fulfill those plans. Even in the most difficult situations when our human perspectives offer no good solutions, we can rely on God to show us the way.
Prayer: Dear God help us to trust in you and to have faith that the best plans are the ones you lay before us each step of our life's journey. Help us to search for Your ways and to listen for Your voice, in Jesus's name, amen.
God's plan for your life is hidden in the pages of this book. Look carefully and you will find it.