Life often takes us by surprise. The unexpected happens and leaves us feeling frazzled or fearful. We might become angry, disappointed, dejected, or even panicked. But remembering that nothing surprises God changes everything.
We ought to find consolation in knowing that God doesn’t wring His hands and fret when the unexpected strikes: “Oh my goodness, look at what’s happened to that woman! How did that slip past Me?” That’s because whatever happened wasn’t a surprise to Him. He knew it was coming, and He was aware of every detail before it unfolded.
Moses’ story brings me great encouragement. Here are a few verses that remind us of God’s sovereignty:
• “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering” (Exodus 3:7)
• “Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them” (Exodus 3:9)
• “I have been watching closely, and I see how the Egyptians are treating you” (Exodus 3:16)
• “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at least he will let you go. And I will cause the Egyptians to look favorably on you” (Exodus 3:19-21).
The little phrase “God’s got this” applied to Moses, and it applies to us today.
When unexpected comes—and it will—remember that God knew every detail about it before you were even born. It was no surprise to Him. Trust Him in the midst of it, and with the outcome. He’s got your back.