The Big Picture

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus name!
I am writing this from the great state of Georgia where I have been attending the annual Reformata Family of Ministers (RFM) conference, which is the organization led by Dr. Richard Hanner. It has been a great time of refreshment filled with solid Bible preaching and wonderful fellowship. 
I have been meditating on how God moves in and leads our lives. The Bible records in Numbers 21:4 that Israel became discouraged because of the journey that they were on. In life, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture because of the warfare or trouble that we encounter. Israel knew they were going to the promised land and they knew that it was a land flowing with milk and honey; but they did not know exactly what it would look like, or what living life there would really be like. We know that God has good for our future, but we don’t always know what that future will look like once we are living there. We must remember in discouragement and trouble to keep the big picture in mind. We must understand that God will be active along the journey by providing for our needs, working in our hearts and lives, and giving us divine appointments - all meant to get us from where we are to where He wants us to be. However, when things aren’t going the way we had hoped, we have to guard against longing instead for where we came from (Egypt) or attempting to “help” God bring about His promise, as it will always produce an Ishmael. 
We do not always understand why God does what He does at times. I couldn’t always see God’s hand when I was in the middle of my own battles; but as I look back on my life and reflect on those battles of the past, I now clearly see that the hand of God was definitely always there. Be encouraged today. You may not understand why things are they way they are, but know that God is working in and around you and has your best interest at heart. He will get you from where you are to where you need to be - just be “pliable” in His hand.
I call you blessed!