Puzzle Pieces

I enjoy a good puzzle every now and then.  My daughter gave me one of a rooster for Christmas because she knows I love puzzles and chickens!  (Sadly, five of my chickens were hauled off last week in one day by some wild animal(s)  and all that was left was piles of feathers….quite a shock as I’ve had chickens almost a year with no problem with predators.)

Anyway, here’s the progress on the puzzle to date:

Yesterday the Lord began to speak to me about puzzles as I pondered some questions I had for Him.  Here’s what I ‘heard’:

Do not fret, worry or conjecture about what you don’t know yet.  I AM giving you each piece to the puzzle as you need it and as you can handle it.  If I gave you the whole picture at once, you would be overwhelmed and drop back in fear.

It’s like you have recently read about….the Israelites had to drive out the enemy ‘little by little’ so ‘wild animals’ wouldn’t take over the land.  Well, I have to give you pieces one at a time so you won’t be overwhelmed by the ‘wild animals’ of fear, doubt and unbelief.

This was a very encouraging word to me and is actually addressed a couple of times in Scripture:

Exodus 23:29-30 (NIV84)  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

Deuteronomy 7:22 (NIV84)  The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.

Do you have questions for God that you feel He doesn’t (or won’t) answer?  Trust Him, His wisdom AND HIS TIMING and rest in the knowledge of His Word that tells us:

Isaiah 55:8-9  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.


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