“Fred and Sally’s” Journey
Fred and Sally have been entangled in a real estate challenge for two years. In my mind it very much resembled Israel in Egypt. There were repeated instances of God intervening, but there was never resolution of the core issue.
They have been avidly leaning into these prayers for us and for their own situation. Suddenly there was a twist in the story as an option that had been deemed inadequate before suddenly came into perspective again.
Then there was a snowball effect of a massive amount of negotiation and paper shuffling among sundry institutions in an “impossibly” short period of time and then it was done. What had eluded them for a long time was legally done. Finality. They have their breakthrough and are now praying for us from a position of higher authority than before and immense faith as they saw God move paper through a system legendary for slow walking, with God-speed.
When my kids were young, we had a family tradition of each child posting a wish list about six weeks before Christmas. They rarely got anything on their list because what I wanted for them was better than what they wanted for themselves.
The same is true of God and us. We have a wish list to assuage our pain. God has a far bigger heart for us. The way the Exodus was framed is that they were to go sacrifice to God. This meant a cost to them of lost wages, major effort to take the entire family three days’ journey into the desert and of course the irretrievable loss of some of their cattle – their core capital.
God never told them that He was going to meet them there in person, with an incredible revelation of His power, an immense gift of His presence going with them visibly and the Mosaic Law which would bring order to their lives.
As we war for breakthrough for the Egyptian Curse, let us always remember that our wishes to be free are less than God’s plans for us as we become free. It is not just a matter of the enemy slow walking our treasures or making us work in the brickyard of extreme hardship. God is waiting on the other side of this breakthrough to bring revelation.
Join me in a celebration of other stories in Scripture where God vastly exceeded their wildest desires.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
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