Today we are talking about something pretty simple but really profound.
I like the story of Moses in Exodus when God sent him to be the one who would deliver the Israelites from the hand and torture of the Pharaoh. I urge you to read Exodus 3, then Exodus 13:17 to 18:15.
Now God tells Moses to go and rescue the Israelites, and Moses first responds in a manner most of us would. I like the way the New Living Translation puts it, it says, “But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
If you read in and around the story, God tells Moses to tell them that the I AM THAT I AM has sent him and that Jehovah has sent him. HE also wrought some miracles through the hands of Moses and assures him that HE would prove himself to them all.
I read an online commentary which explains that the names by which God sent Moses “signifies
- That He is self-existent: he has his being of himself.
- That He is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
- That He is incomprehensible; we cannot by searching find him out.
- That He is faithful and true to all his promises, unchangeable in his word as well as in his nature.”
Eventually and thankfully, Moses listens to God and goes to the Israelites and to Pharaoh to rescue them.
Now something interesting happened after Pharaoh had let the people go. The Bible says God intentionally did not allow them go through the Philistine country, even though the road was shorter. He said this, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
Truly, when ‘trouble’ came, because Pharaoh was beginning to regret why he ever allowed them go, the Israelites lifted their voices against Moses and said, “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
I’ll pause here for a little while because this is what some of us do sometimes.
Jim Rohn said something awesome, “There are two kinds of pain: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
Most of us give up on everything too easily. You have a dream; you’re on the way to achieving it but you can’t follow through because you give up before anything even happens. You forget to remember that it is not better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness. Sometimes even in our Christian walk, we do the same. You get saved today, tomorrow you want to quit on God and all that concerns Him because your prayer request wasn’t answered in three days or you pulled a fleece and it didn’t work.
Let us learn from Moses who said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
How still are you?
Let us remember that in our quest to maximizing our strengths in the place of prayer, in studying God’s Word daily, to being our best and to taking off the limits and boundaries on our lives by believing all that teh Scriptures says about us as children of God, all that God says He is and all that He says He will do, there will be conflicts here and there in form of doubt, weariness, and so on, but like the Israelites, we definitely would be able to eventually sing saying,
“With your unfailing love, you lead the people you have redeemed!”
I end with a quote by John Osteen,
“Great it is to dream the dream
When you stand in youth by the story stream
But a greater thing is to fight life through
And say at the end
‘The dream is true!’ ”
With Overflowing Love,