I’ve been in a funk lately. Just overwhelmed with everything God wants me to do and feeling downright unable to accomplish it. I know that I am not enough, but that God is. That I can’t, but He can. Even with all that bouncing around in my mind…I haven’t been feeling it. I’ve not been able to muster up much joy.
Recently, one verse knocked me out of the paralyzing overwhelm and promptly ended my pity party. It reawakened my joy and purpose.
It’s not a verse about joy, peace, or love. It’s not a verse you’d find on social media with a background of flowers or sunsets. It’s not one that I’ve ever even noticed before, but it packs a convicting punch.
Dissecting the verse
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalms 106:13 NIV
“They” in this verse refers to the Israelites who were rescued from Egypt. You could replace “they” with my name and it would still be true. I forgot what God had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
I would encourage you to read Psalms 106 in its entirety to get the full context. I’ll give you a summary here, though, so you better understand exactly what this verse is talking about. The beginning of Psalm 106 declares that God is good and that his steadfast love endures forever. The longest section of this psalm, however, confesses and repents for the sin of the Israelites. That’s where we find our focus verse.
But they soon forgot what he had done…
What did they forget you ask? Oh, just the parting of the Red Sea! In the midst of their wandering, they forgot the miracles God performed on their behalf. While discouraged, they forgot how it felt to walk across the dry land to freedom.
When my mind is focused on the problems before me, it’s easy to forget all the miracles God has performed in my life. When, instead, I focus on what he has done for me, I am filled with the assurance that He can and will come through for me again!
…and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
Oh, friends. This is such a problem in my life. This waiting business is not my style. It obviously wasn’t the Israelites’ either. But his plan was leading them to Canaan, to their promised land of abundance and favor. In our lives, God’s plan is worth waiting for, too.
Why this verse awakened my joy
This verse is talking about the sins of discontentment and impatience. Once I realized that my funk was caused by these sins, I confessed and repented. Calling my attitude what it was, sin, freed me to move past it into joy.
It also reminds me that God acts in miraculous ways on our behalf, like parting the Red Sea. There’s nothing He can’t do. Trusting his sovereignty lifts burdens and brings peace.Trusting God's sovereignty lifts burdens and brings peace. Click To Tweet
Lastly, the fact that we can be impatient with God’s plan is assurance that he has a plan! God has an awesome plan for me that is currently unfolding. Even though it may feel like I’m wandering around in the desert, he’s providing just what I need every day. Like he did for the Israelites. Eventually, God’s path will lead me to my Canaan.
God, thank you for your steadfast love! How amazing it is that you continue to love me and continue to act for my good even though I forget what you have done and constantly doubt your plan. I repent of my sinful attitude and praise you for what you have done and what you are doing now. Help me to trust you more. Amen.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this verse. What does it make you think or feel?