Christian Living
Persist with Your Vision
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Dec 30, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


Do you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward with God's vision? You are not alone. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they faced the same apprehension as we do. When they reached the Red Sea, they faced mountainous obstacles to their side, a vast sea in front of them, and a powerful army behind them (see Exodus 14).

The people wanted to turn back in fear and stay in the past life that they knew. Moses, with good intentions, wanted to stay in the present: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14). But God wanted them to move forward into the future. "Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on'" (v. 15). God helped His people supernaturally by parting the sea, but first He expected Moses to act in faith.

God wants us to move forward with the vision He has given us.

Sometimes we want to turn back in fear. Other times we may want to keep the status quo and wait for God to act for us. But God wants us to move forward with the vision He has given us. He will always be there to give His guidance, provision, and strength, but first we must be willing to step out in faith and follow His plan.

How willing are you to be a visionary for God? Are you willing to risk everything as Esther did? Are you willing to step out in faith like Moses? Going forward is not always simple. You will face disappointments and setbacks, oppositions and hindrances. But no matter what you face, God will see His vision for your life through to completion. Trust in Him.

Prayer: Lord, Thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. Help me to trust that You will empower me to fulfill Your purposes for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God'" (Luke 9:62).