A God that Adjusts

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, October 01, 2019

For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins… Exodus 14:34

Beginning in Exodus 13, God told Moses to send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which he had given to the Israelites. Moses chose one representative from each of the tribes to explore the land. The men spent 40 days in the land and found it to be as bountiful as the Lord said it would be. However, the inhabitants of the land were formidable in their physical stature. This caused fear in the heart of most of the spies. Therefore, when they went back, they told Moses that it was too dangerous for the people to go into the land. The news created panic into the camp and caused the people to question Moses’s leadership while wishing they were back in the bondage of Egypt.

The refusal to go into the Promised Land in God’s timing caused God to make some adjustments. He was still going to get the Israelites into the Promised Land as per his covenant with Abraham. However, he now had to reroute their journey and give them enough time to be ready mentally, spiritually, and emotionally to take possession of their inheritance. Therefore, what should have taken four years ended up taking forty years of living in the wilderness.

Many believers get frustrated when their blessing or deliverance is delayed. They do not understand why God does not solve their problem immediately and bring them to their season of prosperity instantaneously. Most of us are where we are because God had to make adjustments based on the decisions we made.

As sinful beings, we make decisions based on emotions or desires. We convince ourselves that our desires are in fact, God’s will for our lives. Therefore, we become obsessed with those desires. We ask people to pray for those desires to be fulfilled though they are not part of God’s will for our lives. At times, we take steps to fulfilled those desires without God. However, when the consequence of those decisions come, we wonder why God is not delivering us from those burdens.

If what the Psalmist says in Psalm 37:23 is true: “The steps of the righteous are ordered by God,” then we have to trust that our current location is part of God’s adjustment for us. That means we have to trust that everything will work for our good, and not grow weary when our blessing is delayed. If God is indeed the Lord of our lives, he will use every aspect of our lives to fulfill his purpose in our life.

God knows the plan he has for us. Unfortunately, most of us do not know that plan, and some of us do not like the plan. Others do all they possibly can to sabotage God’s plan for their life. Therefore, God has to adjust to ensure that we fulfill our purpose. Those adjustments can be uncomfortable and even painful.

In today’s text, God’s adjustments to the disobedience of the Israelites meant an additional thirty- six years in the desert, and the destruction of an entire generation of people. God’s adjustments always require pruning. In order for God’s adjustment to being fully implemented, the Almighty has to break us so he can reshape us. For some people, that may mean the loss of a dream job, or financial struggle, or an uneasiness with their social circle, or a lack of fulfillment with a current position.

The good news is that we can be confident of this, that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). That means we have to be patient in our current situation and let God’s will be done no matter how long that may take. The day will come when you will look back and see how strong you’ve become and thank God for the adjustments he made in your life that turned your mess into ministry.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the patience and faith to trust you to bring to our Promised Land despite the mistakes we’ve made.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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