(ECHO Project Devotional – January 19)

As he stood there marveling at the burning bush, Moses wasn’t a blank slate. He had already lived a full life. Many years before, he had been so angry at the lack of justice for his people that he took matters into his own hands, killing a man in the process. Fearing for his life, he fled Egypt for Midian, where he spent many years tending flocks for a priest there. Moses was also a husband and a father, carving out a life for his family in difficult desert conditions.

Moses didn’t go through these things for nothing. God was preparing him for his next role. Killing the Egyptian? His passion for justice would serve him well as he would soon be called on to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. His time spent serving a priest? Moses would soon see his own brother become high priest of all Israel. The time with his family in the desert? Moses would need that fortitude as it would be 40 years in the wilderness before his people reached the Promised Land.

I recently cohosted a morning radio show on the FISH in Atlanta. As we talked about some of the rough patches of my life and the beginnings of Third Day, this theme kept coming up. God is always preparing us for the next thing.

By the time I met up with Mac and we started what would become Third Day, we had already been through a lot.. Mac had gone to three high schools in four years. I had been in a bad accident, then lost my father to cancer. These things were difficult for us to live through, but they didn’t happen in vain.

By the time we started writing our own songs, we wrote from our life experiences, and the songs were much deeper as a result.

I have learned time and time again that God is faithful, even when I am not. I can look back on my life and see how God was always preparing me for the next thing. Because of that, whenever something happens that doesn’t make sense at the time, I trust God that he is preparing me for another assignment. It may be soon, or it may be the other side of eternity. But I know that God doesn’t do anything in vain – he always keeps his promises. And that is a source of great hope.

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