Moses is dipped out of the water, raised in an Egyptian family and later is on the run.
He leaves his people behind, scared of the demise that is awaiting him, because he earlier murdered a Egyptian slave driver.
And his people cry & die, and years go by.
One day Moe is taking a walk and sees a bush on fire. From it comes words speaking to him, and because it’s an absolute remarkable experience, he knows that it is God.
The Lord’s voice bellows to Moses a command that he wants to reject. The deal is that Moses would go back to Egypt and demand from the Pharaoh to let Moses’ family, the Israelite’s, go free. Stop killing them, stop enslaving them, stop disregarding their lives, and let-them-go!
Did Moses say no?
He sure wanted to. He said things like, “are you sure you want ME to go?…maybe you would like someone else, someone with better speaking skills?” This infuriated the Lord, it says He burned with anger against Moses. But he allowed patience and equipped Moses with what Mo thought he needed…a staff & his brother Aaron to help him out.
All Moses really needed was God. God knew that. Moses didn’t.
Many people are commissioned by God to go out and make a difference in life. Few say yes, many say no. He asks all sorts of people to do all sorts of things for His glory.
What if Moses would have said this instead:
“Uh…God, I really don’t think it’s the right time. I mean this guy is really mean, let’s wait until we get a nicer Pharaoh in power and then maybe then we could approach him with some confidence…He’s just gonna say no. I’ve been around these people and know how they work. I have lots of experience with them and the system they have going on over there, they are never going to go for it! If I ask, he most likely will make it harder on everyone there, might even undo anything my family has worked so hard for. This is gonna make things harder, not better. It’s an awful idea! I think we should just wait for the right time and until then I can try to reason with him, maybe trying to get a few out, but all of them….that’s just not going to happen!”
It’s a good thing that Moe didn’t say that, but it’s common for us to reason with God in that sort of dialogue when we forget a simple truth…Pharaoh was not bigger than God.
For those that fight the good fight, don’t be discouraged when you are up against a giant. God may ask you to go but He will be with you. It wasn’t Moses’ staff that created the miracles that swayed Pharaoh to cave, it was God. It wasn’t Aaron’s speech that helped the cause, it was the Creator who made Aaron to have a mouth and a voice. It’s easy to look at things and inch our way towards our goals with caution.
Sometimes though, God will do something extraordinary and burn His words right through your heart…and the next thing you know, you will be standing in the high courts demanding,
“LET MY CHILDREN GO!!”