What is stuck in your mind? What hassles you?
We all have our thing. Don’t tell me you don’t. It’s what you gravitate to in silence. It is what makes your heart nervous because, no matter how you strategize, you can’t figure out the puzzle. You can’t figure how you’ll be delivered to peaceful, serene. There are no answers. God hasn’t pulled through.
Moses was a little puzzled too.
God told Moses at the burning bush to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
Ummm? What??? ME!!???
“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.” (Ex. 3:21)
Okay, God, maybe this is possible…you have my back. God will do this! I am bustin’ my people outta here!!!
I wonder if Moses was thinking the same? If excitement coursed through him, an eagerness to do God’s will?
In any case, Moses proceeds forward all obedient, faithful and bold. He approaches Pharoah and declares, (I imagine him standing all upright, strong and rock-solid, confident God will speak out of a local bush on his behalf if need-be), “Let my people go.”
Pharaoh’s response? “Make(s) the work harder for the people…” (Ex. 5:9)
What?!! The outcome was the opposite of the promise.
What gives, God???
Maybe you’re asking God that too. What gives, God???
Why did you call me to something huge, only to not make it happen?
Why did you lead me to respond in this way, when it is backfiring in my face?
Why did you promise and not deliver?
What gives, God???
God’s response to Moses, speaks profoundly to our very own questions. God says, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord….and I have remembered my covenant.” (Ex. 6:1-2, 5)
Here are 5 points we can take away from this:
1. God speaks to us similarly, saying “you will see…”
Oftentimes, the long wait is because God is preparing something great.
2. God is still Lord.
God might not do things like us, but then again, would we want him to? What God is working, will eventually amount to blessing.
3. God will do what he has promised to do.
He will “remember his covenant.” If God said it, He will see it through.
4. Often, we need to know our progress is because of God’s “mighty hand.” Twice God repeats this line to Moses.
Our wait might be because others need to see that God is great. When his light shines through the darkness of a long cavernous agony, it appears even brighter from the outside.
5. God responds to our pain as we call on his name.
God didn’t leave Moses at the burning bush to figure out captivity and release all by himself. He returned to Moses, he instructed him and he assured him. As we call out to God, God can’t help but approach our hearts with love and compassion. Because it is who he is and what he does.
So, what gives? God is giving you something better. He is giving you a chance to get to know his nature. He is giving you a chance to see something miraculous. He giving you deeper faith. That’s what gives.
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