One of the things we love as humans is predictability. We would like to know how things work and how they will work out. Predictability gives the human mind a sense of comfort and control. This approach to living is sometimes the thing that gets us all disturbed with the way the Lord works in our life.
Sometimes we confuse God’s promise of consistency with predictability. By this I mean that we often expect God to move and operate in the same manner as he has operated in our lives in the past. Sometimes we can hear someone else’s testimony of how God worked in their life, and we assume that the way he solved their situation is his method for solving that kind of situation. However, God is not bound by the way he did things in the past. If he was, He would then become predictable. God’s desire for us is that we would love and trust him. When we love and trust him, we have no need to become concerned with how God will do a thing, simply we trust that he will. We take to heart the passage in Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We learn a lesson from the life of Moses and Joshua in the Wilderness. When the children of Israel needed to Cross the Red Sea and the Jordan River. God instructed Moses to Stretch out his rod over the water and the waters would open. so that the people could cross over to the other side (Exodus chapter 14). However, when the children of Israel needed to cross the Jordan River Joshua didn’t assume the way to cross a body of water is to go find a staff and stretch it out over the water and wait until the water opens. He knew God was consistent in his promise to bring them into the promise land. He also knew he could not predict how God would do it. But he listened for God’s instruction on how he should lead the people to cross the Red Sea. God told Joshua to Have the priest to take up the ark of the covenant and go before the people. When the priest step into the water carrying the ark of the covenant the water would stop flowing, then the people could cross over on dry ground (Joshua chapter 3). We learn God is Consistent but unpredictable in how he will get a thing done.
So, as you and I Walk with the Lord and we see how delivered his people in scripture and how he delivers his people in our present world. We should use these lessons to strengthen our confidence in his faithfulness and his consistency to be a present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46). Let us not concern ourselves with the methods or the timetables based on what he has done in the past. Let us now trust that if God did it before he can do again in the way of his own choosing and own his own schedule.