4 Things you need to know when something bad happens to you that isn't your fault

" It was by no accident that Moses ended up getting rescued at the very place that was trying to execute him."

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This week on the blog, I wanted to talk about how to respond when you go through something that isn't your fault. There are several stories in the bible that mention this topic, but today we are jumping into Exodus to talk about the birth of Moses.

Many may know his story, but for those who don't, I will tell you a little back story before we begin:

Egypt was under the authority of a power-hungry Pharaoh, who knew that the Jewish nation was becoming a threat to his dynasty because of their strength in numbers. He was also told by his counselors that there would be a child born to the Israelites. Who would excel all men in virtue, and obtain a glory that would be remembered through all ages.

This was such a massive threat to the Pharaoh. He constantly lived in fear that his throne and dynasty would one day be overpowered. So, as a result, he made an order that all Hebrew baby boys be killed. And it's in Exodus 2 that we meet Moses, who would soon change this Pharaoh's dynamic.

So let's dive in!

Exodus 2: 1-4

"Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him."

What happens when you are put into a bad situation or go through something that wasn't your fault.

Sometimes like Moses, we don't get a say in what happens to us.

He was placed in a basket, not by his will but by his mother's.

God states that we will have turmoil in our life (John 16:33), but we get to hold onto the second part of that verse, which says, "take heart: I have overcome the world."

At some point in your life, if not already, you will face injustice. Something will happen to you out of your control.

But as believers, we get to have a choice.

We can allow what happens to us, define us, or deliver us.

Moses mother had to make a choice; she had to trust that God was going to make way for her precious son. She was forced to be in the middle of something she couldn't control. But instead of trying to make the situation right, she let's go and let's God.

And when she does, something happens...

Exodus 2: 5-6

"Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"

It was by no accident that Moses ended up getting rescued at the very place that was trying to execute him.

1) God will rescue you

Isaiah 41:10

"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Pharaoh's daughter could have easily got rid of Moses when she learned he was a Hebrew baby. But instead, "she feels sorry for him."

Why? Because when you allow God to take hold of every situation, even those that aren't for you can't deny the presence of God.

2) God will redeem you

Exodus 2: 9-10

"So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."

We don't learn what his name is until after he's adopted into the family.

God wants to use that very thing that still hurts you inside and trade it for His glory. It's in the same place Moses was abandoned that he was found.

He was named not from where he came from, but what he came out of.

3) God will restore you

If there is anything you take from this blog, please remember this;

your past doesn't define your present.

I can relate a lot to Moses because, as a child, I went through a situation I didn't have control over. And for a long time, I let that very thing define who I was.

I was living a life enslaved to a victim mentality. But the moment I gave it to Jesus, suddenly what I thought I was a slave to became the very place I found the most freedom.

He removed me from the basket of shame, insecurity, and hurt. Took me out of the water and delivered me into a place I wouldn't have experienced had I not gone through those troubles as a child.

The same way, we wouldn't know Moses as the man of deliverance if he wasn't born during the reign of a Pharaoh who sought to execute him.

No matter if you're in a season of being tossed into the river, being pushed down it, or waiting to be drawn out, hold onto this truth: Your greatest troubles in life can be met with your greatest victory, if you trust that God is greater.

4) God will reassign bad motives for His good

This story wouldn't be in the bible had Moses never been released from his mother's hands into the Nile. And I can imagine the heartache and pain that caused her. But because of her obedience, we get the honor to not only know Moses but know more of God.

God didn't take the Pharaoh's authority, He used Moses to show him His.

I think sometimes we go through trials that are unjust so that other people can come to know a just God.

It was through Moses that years later, would part the Red Sea freeing the people of Egypt.

As we close this year and go into a new decade, my prayer for you is this; that you'll relinquish control, past hurts, and the mentality of being a victim to God. And walk into a new year, not letting anything or anyone, hinder your God-given purpose.

You have a choice.

You can walk into 2020, allowing your past to define you or choose to let it deliver you into your greatest freedom.


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