When You Know It’s God’s Plan But You’re Still Scared!

When You Know It's God's Plan But You're Scared Matthew 26:39 - (www.JeanWilund.com) Stop the Ride! I Want to Get Off!

You’ve felt that way before, haven’t you?

My family and I took my niece HannahBrooke to Sea World, and she wanted OFF the ride.

Her mom (my sister) was laughing and smiling behind her, and my brother was trying to encourage her.

I was able to snap this picture of HannahBrooke because I refused to get on the ride to begin with!

Unlike an amusement park ride, we can’t refuse to get ON this wild ride called life. God chose to create us, and He doesn’t make mistakes!

We’re on this ride together, but it isn’t always the same for us all the time.

Some of us are screaming our heads off while others are laughing and having fun.

No matter what kind of ride you’re on now, I can assure you that at some point, you’re going to want off the ride.

Jesus knew that feeling (Hebrews 4:15), and He left us encouraging words that will help us ride to the end — and be glad we did!


From “Let Me Off” to “Nevertheless”

Jesus prayed, “Let me off!”

Ok, not really. He actually prayed:

“If it is possible, let this cup pass from me…”

We can pray that, too.

But then we must remember to end our prayer as Jesus did:

“nevertheless not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).

Jesus also said,

“Now is my soul troubled” (John 12:27).

We know Jesus never dishonored God once in what He thought, said, or did. So, if Jesus can admit His soul was troubled, can’t we?

And without feeling like a failed Christian?

Why did Jesus say what He said out loud? Why didn’t He just keep His thoughts to Himself?

Simple. The disciples — and we — needed to hear it.

He was teaching them, and us. It’s okay for us to be scared.

If our soul is troubled and we want off the ride, it’s okay to admit it. (He knows anyway. And your friends get it. They’ve felt the same way.)


A Troubled Soul Doesn’t Have to be a Hopeless Soul

After Jesus revealed His soul was troubled, He spoke words that should give us strength.

“And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour” (John 12:27).

There was never a moment when Jesus reconsidered continuing the treacherous ride God had placed Him on — and He had willingly chosen.

Jesus possessed the power to stop the ride in an instant.

He reminded His disciples of this when Peter tried to alter God’s plans for Jesus with a sword. He slashed off the high priest’s servants ear when the guards came to arrest Jesus.

“Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:53-54).

Imagine what would’ve happened if Jesus had hopped off the ride before the end — if He’d refused God’s plan for Him (and us).

All hope would be gone. We could strive our entire lives from the crib to the grave to make ourselves right with God, and we’d fail. On the first day we tried, we’d fail.

Thankfully, Jesus always intended to ride to the end.

The moment certainly troubled His soul, but the end resulted in God’s glory and our redemption. And that, He knew, was worth riding all the way to the end for!


Troubled But Not Darkened with Doubt

As fully God, Jesus knew the end from the beginning. He knew what His sacrifice would accomplish.

Though Jesus was troubled, never a doubt darkened His mind.

As fully man, Jesus trusted His Father. Never a doubt darkened His mind or troubled soul.

There will be times in our life when we want off the ride. NOW, God! Please!

Admit it. It’s ok. But then trust. Trust God’s plan.

We can’t see the end from the beginning, but God can. The end of this wild ride for you will result in God’s great glory, and you do not want to miss that.

God has a purpose for your ride that, if you knew what it was, would give you all the strength you need to ride every inch of the ride to the bitter end.

We don’t know what that purpose is, but God does. And we can trust it just as Jesus did.

Don’t give doubt an inch. It’s so stingy, it will demand a country mile.


Three Powerful Truths for Whatever Ride You’re On

What’s your ride like now?

Is it the ride of your life ❤️ ?

OR the ride of your nightmares 😱?

Whatever it is, never forget — or doubt — these three powerful truths:

1. It’s God’s plan for your life.

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

2. God never makes mistakes.

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (Psalm 18:30).

3. Jesus will never leave your side.

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:20


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There’ s Always Hope Because There’s Always God

There' s Always Hope Because There's Always God by Jean Wilund via InspireAFire.com (Romans 15:13)Hope

We all want it.

No, we all need it.

Without it, we die.

Suicide victims have one thing in common. They lost all hope.

The unspeakable tragedy is there was always hope because there’s always God. The God of hope.

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When You Can’t Even . . . Put Your But in the Right Place

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When You Can’t Even . . .

It’s a universal truth. Trials don’t like to be alone. They swarm in together like fire ants.

It seems they can’t patiently wait their turn. They invade our lives in unison.

Wham! A moose T-bones you on a dark road in the middle of the night 30 miles from civilization while on your way to comfort your best friend who lost her dog and her job right before her house fell into a sinkhole, and now you have to walk to get help because there’s no cell phone coverage, and an alligator is blocking your path and eyeing your juicy legs with plans to bite them off. They’ll do that.


Oh my! Oh my! I Can’t Even!

Okay. This exact scenario has probably never happened. But we’ve all experienced our own real-life version of Oh my! Oh my! I can’t even!

If you haven’t had a moment like that, hold on. It’s coming.

I don’t mean to be gloomy, but the darkness of trials will descend upon you.

Jesus promised.

“. . . In this world you will have trouble. . .” John 16:33

A few translations replace the word trouble with the word suffering.

When trouble and suffering come, what will you do?

What should you do?

Pray and put your but in the right place.


Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Moses and the Israelites knew plenty of trouble. For Moses, it started in the crib.

Egypt’s Pharaoh ordered all the Hebrew baby boys drowned in the Nile River so they couldn’t grow up and revolt against him.

In faith and desperation, Moses’ mother hid him in a basket and floated him down the river to safety (she hoped).

God saved Moses and, in an ironic twist, caused his attempted murderer to raise him with all the wealth and benefits of Egyptian royalty (Exodus 1-2).

But 40 years later, Moses killed an Egyptian slavemaster for whipping a Hebrew slave. He had to run for his life because Pharaoh now had a renewed desire to kill him.


But God, I Can’t Even!

Fast forward 40 more years. God spoke to Moses from a burning bush and grabbed his attention.

God said, “Pharaoh’s party is over. I’m sending you back to Egypt to tell him to let My people go.” (Actually, He said a lot more than that and with much more eloquence. See Exodus 3:7-8))

If the pharaoh who raised Moses had tried to kill him (his own “grandson”) over his slaying a single slavemaster, what would Moses’ demanding the millions of Hebrews slaves be set free get him? Dead most likely. Or so Moses feared. He wanted no part of God’s plan.


God’s Plans – God’s Power

God knew Moses’ fears. He guaranteed him He would free Israel by His own mighty hand.

“ . . . I will be with you . . .” (Ex. 4:12).re

“I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt . . .” (Ex. 4:17).

“I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it: after that he will let you go” (Ex. 4:20).

“And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians . . . so you will plunder the Egyptians” (Ex. 4:21).

Moses heard God’s promises with his ears but responded with his but in the wrong place.

“But behold, they will not believe and . . .[ blah blah blah]…” (Ex. 4:1).

In essence, Moses said, But God, I can’t even! The problems are too big and too many!”

What he should’ve said was, “The problems are too big and too many! I can’t even! But God!”

Putting our but in the right place reminds us God’s plans always come with God’s power.

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But God Training Camp

As soon as Moses reached Egypt, the Israelites, Egyptians, and Moses entered God’s training camp – the Ten Terrible Plagues (Ex. 7-12).

After the tenth plague, the Egyptians begged the Israelites to go. They even loaded them down with silver, gold, and other treasures as parting gifts. Freedom gained!

But then Pharaoh changed his mind.

He sent an army of soldiers on iron chariots to chase them down and drag them back.

God had indeed brought Israel out of slavery, but it seemed He’d now led them into a trap.

On one side loomed the Red Sea, deep and wide. From the other, Pharaoh’s thundering army.

“Thanks a lot, God,” the people cried. “We’re doomed.”

But Moses had learned.

He had seen God reveal His power throughout Egypt in more than 10 epic displays.

Israel forgot and trembled. Moses remembered and believed.

Moses didn’t doubt in the dark what God had shown him in the light.

And he kept his but in the right place.

Israel cried out, “BUT GOD, we’re trapped!”

Moses declared, “We’re trapped! BUT GOD!”

Moses declared to Israel: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex. 14:13-14).

God parted the Red Sea, led the Israelites safely to the other side, and then brought the sea back down upon the Egyptian army.

Slavery swept away. Freedom maintained.


Big Problems Exist – So Does God

God doesn’t expect us to pretend our problems don’t exist.

But neither does He expect us to act like He doesn’t exist.

God is real and bigger than any problem you’ll ever face. Will you remember and believe?

Before you doubt God, doubt your doubts.


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Never Doubt in the Dark What God Has Shown You in the Light


I Can’t Even, But God!

When trouble comes, put your but in the right place.

Don’t cry out, “BUT GOD! This and that and so much more!”

Cry out, “This and that and so much more! BUT GOD!”

BUT GOD is everything I need for every moment. He’s the Great I Am (Ex. 3:14).

BUT GOD shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

BUT GOD is a God who saves (Psalm 68:20).

BUT GOD is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:6).

My flesh and my heart may fail, BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

When you cry out, be honest about your feelings. He already knows your every thought. Don’t pretend to feel stronger than you do.

But then remember. Remember who God is and what He’s done. And refuse to doubt.

Let the truth of God’s Word overwhelm your emotions, or your emotions will overwhelm you.

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It’s probably not a universal truth that trials don’t like to be alone. But it’s quite true that if trouble swarms into your life, it’s okay.

Excruciating, but okay, because — and only because — we have this never-changing and storm-overwhelming truth contained in two powerful words:

BUT GOD . . .

Jesus promised we’d have trouble. He also promised we can take heart because He has overcome the world. 

“I [Jesus] have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33

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Worry is momentary atheism crying out for correction by trust in a good, sovereign God. Suffering breaks self-reliance. ~ Randy Alcorn

Lord Jesus, I can’t—You never said I could—but You can, and always said You would. This is all I need to know. ~ Major Ian Thomas based on Galatians 2:20

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Why Can’t God’s Highest Purpose Be My Comfort Instead of His Glory?

God's Glory is His Highest Purpose-not our comfort-and that's good news for us! (Jean Wilund via www.inspireafire.com)

Aha!

Ever had an “Aha moment?” Like when you discovered coffee is amazing. Or that you needed reading glasses.

We’ll probably experience lots of aha moments in heaven. For now, we have lots of head-scratching and wondering moments.

Jesus’ disciples had one. . . Read More


Read the rest of this post at InspireAFire.com. I’m blogging over there today!

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Our Losses Reveal Our Hope

Our Losses Reveal Our Hope (Biblical Hope We Can't Lose) by Jean Wilund via www.InspireAFire.com

Our Losses Reveal Our Hope (Biblical Hope We Can't Lose) by Jean Wilund via www.InspireAFire.comHey!

I’m blogging over at InspireAFire today.

Click on over there and find out what I lost, and what it taught me about Biblical hope verse Please! Oh, please! Oh, please! hope.

Our Losses Reveal Our Hope

Thanks!
Jean