The Story…a random journal from my pen…(week 4)
We’re into Week 5, but before we finish, here are my notes on Week 4. This week I’m running a bit late, but here I am nonetheless. Moses, the Egyptians, the Israelites, and us…none of us stands alone. We are all connected. Their Story is still part of the beginning of ours; ours is part of the conclusion of theirs.
Chapter 4…Sunday and Wednesday of week 4:
Satan uses the fear of speaking to bind God’s people, but when we become God-follwers, we are all called to speak! (Matthew 28:18-20, I Peter 3:15, Romans 10:13-15)
In Exodus 3 God told Moses to go back to Egypt to lead out the Israelites. (Sometimes we need our chains shown to us before we can recognize our Deliverer.)
Moses gives excuses!
When we say “I can’t,” we’re really saying “God can’t”.
When we say “I don’t know enough,” God says “I do, I AM, I just want your mouth.”
God says, “Since when is it about you? I AM able!”
We worry about people taking us seriously when we sound and look crazy. God is not intimidated by people and neither should His children be.
We are very aware of our pasts. How can I claim this “new life” in the midst of people who know my “old life”?
God says, “It is because people know you can’t and you aren’t, that they will know I can and I Am!”
Our past liability gets changed by the power of God. They may say, “You were…” You can now say, “Yes, I was, but He is, and now I am made new.”
We say we’re not good at it, and God says, “Perfect! That’s why I want you for the job!” God wanted the people to see Him not Moses. It can take us awhile to understand what He means by His strength in our weakness, but what it really boils down to is this:
You were never meant to “be all you can be;” you were made to be a vessel, a living instrument where God can dwell and be all that He Is.
Finally, if we get to the Truth of the matter, most of us would have to join Moses in saying, “I just don’t want to.” If we are so bold to admit this, be ready children for a Father to respond. God speaks in anger to Moses. Some of us think God is always angry at us, and others think God’s nature would never allow such a thing. Both are wrong. God is slow to anger – it is not His daily demeanor, but there is a righteous anger, one where there is still the absence of sin. God is not afraid of it nor overtaken by it. God knows how to use anger to still show love and mercy and grace.
And though Moses received a bit of a spanking, He also received a lot of grace.
The challenge: Are we going to live The Story or just read it? Are we going to say it’s a great idea with our mouths or with our lives?
(Moses wasn’t the only one who had to make the above decisions. The Israelites were given ample opportunities to prove their lip-service. I have often read of the Exodus and the Wilderness Wandering in frustration. I would think to myself, “God just did this…why are you acting this way?” Then, I would find myself in their Story. God would have just provided, helped, worked, given…and then I would despair over the next famine, drought, Red Sea, or giant. Their Story is part of the beginning of mine…mine is part of the conclusion of theirs. How will we end this race?)