Welcome to the Purpose 31 Morning Devotions Podcast. Today we’re talking about trusting God when you don’t know what will happen next. Today’s episode is the first in a series of short morning devotions for the modern Proverbs 31 woman. You can either read the devotion below or listen on the podcast player below.
Have you ever struggled to trust God when your circumstances change? It’s normal to feel scared and uncertain when we don’t know what the future holds. All of us have felt this way at some point in our lives.
Exodus 14:10 says “As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.”
After four hundred years of captivity, the God had freed the Israelites. God had performed a series of amazing miracles to set them free and they were now leaving everything they had ever known behind.
I can’t imagine what must have been going through their minds – wonder, excitement? Maybe they were joyful at first but then the doubts began to settle in. They didn’t know where to go. They didn’t know what was going to happen next. It felt scary. Where was God now?
The Egyptians were pursuing them and the Israelites were afraid. When they came to the Red Sea, they lost all hope. The Egyptians weren’t far behind and they demanded to know if God had led them this far only to let them die.
Have you ever felt that way? Like you’ve seen God’s hand working in the past, but now you feel abandoned and you’re finding it hard to trust God? Perhaps God led you out of a bad situation, but now you’re faced with even bigger worries.
Maybe God rescued you from an abusive marriage – but now you aren’t sure how you’ll be able to provide for your children.
Or maybe God delivered you from the chains of addiction but sobriety feels overwhelming.
What looked like a beautiful new beginning – what looked like an answer to your prayers now feels scary.
Don’t forget that if God can part the Red Sea for the Israelites, demonstrating His grace and mercy and power, he can make a way for you too!
The Bible tells us that He goes before us. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, ” The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Heavenly Father, I was so sure this new chapter was a new beginning. But right now it feels scary and I’m not sure what is going to happen next. When I’m feeling afraid, help me remember how You parted the Red Sea and that you are here with me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.