I have never bought a lottery ticket. But I know folks who buy them every week. They’re hoping it will be their Big Break. No doubt you’ve heard stories about Lottery Winners. And most of them end up back where they began, no matter how much they won. Why is that?
The short answer is that they didn’t change anything about how they lived. They weren’t prepared for the financial windfall. They continued with the same habits and with the same mindset. And they soon ended up back in a familiar place.
Escaping from Egypt
The same thing happened to the Children of Israel. They’d been enslaved in Egypt for as long as they could remember. And they never stopped praying that God would bring deliverance. And He did. Through a totally unexpected source.
Moses himself didn’t see it coming. But he couldn’t avoid the unmistakable voice of God (Exodus 3). After much ado (Exodus 7), Pharaoh consented to release them all. Yes, they did win the lottery – proverbially so, however.
Can you imagine?
God had great plans for His people. While they were suffering in slavery, just hoping to make it through the day, The Lord was telling them of Bigger Plans:
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)
They headed for the Promised Land with His assurance. But they soon lost sight of it all. They criticized Moses. And wanted to go back to Egypt.
Prepare to be surprised.
God hears all your prayers. But are you ready for His answer?
A friend of mine prayed for her husband for 5 years. When her prayers were answered suddenly, she lost her bearings. She was so used to the way their relationship had been that she actually considered leaving him!
She hadn’t considered what a change in him would require in her.
Are you prepared for answered prayer?
- Are you constantly complaining?
- Or celebrating the possibilities of a beautiful relationship?
- How will you be different when God does answers your prayers?