Recently, I’ve begun studying the book of Exodus. I know many Christians don’t particularly enjoy the Old Testament, and certainly I can understand why one would prefer the New Testament. That being said, I just love the book of Exodus. Despite the intensity of the book, I find it extremely comforting. I think it just transports me back to the days of learning Bible stories on a flannelgraph.
The 3rd chapter of Exodus is when God talks to Moses through a burning bush. Can you imagine that? You’re just walking along one day and *WHOOSH*, there is a bush engulfed in flames, that isn’t burning up, and the Lord calls out your name? That had to magnificent.
In verses 7-10 God tells Moses that He has seen that suffering of the Israeli people at the hands of the Egyptians and He’s concerned. They’ve been enslaved, they’ve been miserable, and these are God’s chosen people. God tells Moses, “Go”. Go to Pharaoh and bring my people out of Egypt.
Now, this is a huge task. We’re talking about a Pharaoh of Egypt who had enslaved an entire nation of people. This is a powerful and tyrannical man. Based on how he had treated the Israelites, just imagine how he is going to respond to Moses leading a mass Exodus.
In verse 11, Moses asks God, “Who am I to lead the people out of Egypt?” Moses isn’t sure he is qualified to do this. The way God responded to him in verse 12 hit me like a ton of bricks. God didn’t give Moses some big pep talk and a loving pat on the back. He said to Moses, “I will be with you.”
That’s all that Moses needed. God would be with him and that is enough. That’s an extremely powerful message. We may be unable, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
Faith in God is crucial. We recognize our own humanity and we see it as a hindrance. We see the leaps God calls us to make and we think, “NOPE! I can’t do that.” Truthfully, no you can’t. But God can. And He will help you, so don’t be afraid. (Isaiah 41:10)
God is Sovereign. His will always will be done. When He calls you, just go. Take that leap of faith.