God directed Moses to do a task in a dramatic and unmistakable manner. Quite frankly there are times when I have wished to receive direction in a similar manner. Then I remember that despite the method of delivery, like me, Moses was still uncertain, afraid and even made excuses, reluctant to obey. Though I don't like to think so, perhaps I would do the same.
The important part of the story though, is not Moses' reluctance rather it is his obedience. He was uncertain and he was afraid. He had run away from Egypt and the fury of Pharaoh. He was no longer a prince but neither was he a slave. He had made a comfortable life for himself in Midian. He had a new career, married and established a family. Life might not be as comfortable as it had been in the palace but it was good. Now he was being told by God that he was supposed to leave it and go back to the place he had fled, a place of bondage, the place where he had murdered a man. Furthermore, his assignment was to tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites and he knew Pharaoh would not take kindly to that. He didn't want to do what God had commanded him to do. In all honesty, would you?
It took some convincing but Moses finally set aside his excuses and obeyed God. Now, if I were the author of this story, Moses would march into the throne room, demand that Pharaoh release the Israelites and when he said "No!" Moses would simply call down fire from Heaven which would burn up Pharaoh and all of his army. God does not do things my way. He does things His way which is always the best way.
There are many times in our lives when we obey God only to discover that our obedience does not produce the expected the results. At least, we don't see the expected result at the moment and that often causes doubt and discouragement. Maybe we got it all wrong.
We need to do what Moses did. We need to continue to seek God and obey Him even if it requires us doing the same thing over and over again for days, months or even years with no tangible results. Our job is to be obedient and patiently wait upon God to do the rest.
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We need to continue to seek God and obey Him even if it requires us doing the same thing over and over again for days, months or even years with no tangible results. Our job is to be obedient and patiently wait upon God to do the rest.
Yup, this just about sums it up really.
Excellent message K.
Thanks in Him,