July 16, 2010

Walk Hand in Hand With God to Make His Purposes Known - Janice Keats

In the beginning of my search for God, I became very inquisitive. I wanted to know all about God and why I was feeling the struggle of wanting to attend church and at the same time live my life of normality of the world. As time went on I found myself listening to Christian music, reading the Bible, and asking many, many questions. One such question I asked my friend was, “Why is it that when I am in church I feel really good and when I go home I fall into a slumber of emptiness again?” She replied, “You know Jan, you can take Jesus home with you.” After several more months of soul searching, I did take Jesus home with me. Those words have always remained on my mind.

In our Christian journey we are not only to take Jesus home but to take him along with us on our path in life. We are his hands extended. Even though we do not see his physical body walking beside us, we have his awesome power. We have the wonders of old to recollect, and we have his guidance and grace to fulfill his mission.

Jesus saw a need from the days of old. His people, the Israelites, were held in captivity in Egypt. Following the death of Joseph, a new king emerged who knew nothing about Joseph and his supremacy. The king saw that the Israelites became large in number and was threatened by this increase for fear that they may join forces with his enemies. God’s army would be greater and would in turn defeat the Egyptians. So, in attempt to halt God’s army, the king put the slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor. (Exodus 1:8-14)

God had a plan of action. How could God accomplish the task without the help of his people? He knew the need because of their cries to him. “God heard their misery and their crying out because of their slave drivers.” (Exodus 3:7) God hears the cries of pain and misery of his children everywhere, even right where you live. God already has a plan for their release from suffering. Who will go and deliver God’s message of love? Who will take God’s hand and walk into the community of needs? Who can hear the moans and groans of the sick and the lonely? Who will share the heart of God?

Out of compassion, God saw fit to send Moses and Aaron to rescue his people from the hands of the Egyptians. Was the task too hard for them? After all there were being sent to the ruthless one. It was no easy task. God is the leader; he leads the way to safety. He needs our help with his work!!! No one else can go or do with what God has planned specifically for you. It’s no use to tell God that someone else should go. The Lord did not accept that response when Moses suggested it.

If God is specifically speaking to you, he will give to you his power for the journey. God is pleased with His faithful ones. “You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” (Psalm 77:20)
Look what two people can do with the help from on high!!! The Lord is my Shepherd; the Lord is your Shepherd. The Lord is Shepherd over all. Jump in on the journey and discover for yourself God’s purposes!

Janice Keats


  1. Jan, thanks for this encouraging message.

    Thanks for the photo of the stone carving--I saw the original yesterday, and you reminded me of a good day.

  2. Thank you Janice for this encouragement. You reminded me that "He will give you power for the journey." I needed to hear that as I am leaving on Wednesday for a missions trip to Arviat, Nunavut where I am directing a DVBS with the children there amongst other ministry opportunities. Oh, how I need His power now!
    Pam Mytroen


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