"If you’re always tired, always under-rested, you’re not going to be capable of doing everything you need to get done.  You’re going to make mistakes more readily, lose your temper, or miss opportunities. " — Karen Jensen

One of the devil’s favorite lies is to tell you that it’s too late for what you’ve been believing, or for something great to happen in your life.

He says things like you’ve blown it too many times, you’ve taken too long to decide, you’ve missed the opportunity, or if it was going to happen it would’ve happened by now. He tells you it’s over--you’re off the track for good.

But the devil is a liar! The good news is that God doesn’t change His mind about you--either as His covenant child or about your divine destiny. 

 

He has devised a plan for your life, and He expects it to come to pass. Romans 11:29 says, “God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded” (The Message). Never!

God hasn’t forgotten about you for one moment. His plan for your life is still the same, even if you’ve goofed up, taken too long, or missed the boat a couple times.

I think Moses is one of the best examples of “it’s not too late.” In the Book of Exodus, God called Moses to be the redeemer of Israel—to rescue His people, the Hebrews, from 400 years of slavery in Egypt and deliver them back to the Promised Land.

But one day early on, before it was time to put God’s plan into motion, Moses was so zealous for his calling and his people that he took matters into his own hands and murdered an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew.

As a result, Moses had to run for his life (see Exod. 2:11–15).

 

God Has a Plan

Moses spent the next 40 years as a fugitive in exile, living on the back side of the desert. He married the daughter of a Midianite priest and became a shepherd. Quite a step down from redeemer.

And 40 years is a long time. Long enough to get a certain self-image established in his head. We can tell from his later encounter with God that Moses saw himself as having blown it. He thought it was too late and that all he’d ever be from then on was a shepherd.

When God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and said, “Now’s the time to execute the plan, Moses—let’s go bring My people out of Egypt,” Moses answered, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exod. 3:10–11).

Clearly Moses believed the devil’s lie that it was over for him, that he was a shepherd forever, not a redeemer anymore.

But God was not at all moved by Moses’s reluctance. He had a plan and He was going to carry it out anyway!

You know the rest of the story. Through many signs and wonders, Moses did go confront Pharaoh and he was the man who led God’s people out of Egyptian slavery. Why? Because God doesn’t change His mind about His plan.

He hasn’t changed His mind about His plan for you, either. Even if you might think it’s too late, He doesn’t. He didn’t change His mind about Moses, and He hasn’t changed His mind about you. So get back up and keep going, because God knows exactly how to get you back on track! 

 

This is an excerpt from Karen’s book “How to Make the Right Decision Every Time: 10 Keys for Finding God’s Direction.” Watch the video or read the first part here.