Exodus 3; Job 20; Luke 6; I Corinthians 7

 Scripture
 
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12a (NIV)
 
Observation 
 
Moses goes over to check out this burning bush, and God starts talking to him! God tells Moses that he is sending him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asks the question “who am I?” But God doesn‘t really explain why Moses is the right man for the job. God didn’t choose to build him up, but He simply said that He would be with him.
Moses was chosen at birth for this. God’s hand was on him, saving him from death as a newborn, keeping him safe as he floated down the Nile, arranging it so that his mother could still nurse him. God was certainly with Moses his whole life. But Moses took things into his own hands by killing the Egyptian that was beating the Hebrew. He knew it was wrong – that’s why he waited to make sure no one was looking. But Pharaoh found out about it and Moses had to flee to the wilderness. He was there for 40 years. It probably took that long for him to come to the end of himself and be a suitable instrument for God. But he also probably picked up some important skills that would help him for the next 40 years he’d spend in the desert. God never wastes an opportunity like that.

Application

“I will be with you.”

That’s all I need to know.

It’s not about who I am, but who God is, and knowing that He will be with me.

Fast forward to Luke. Jesus gives me some pretty tall orders

  • Love your enemies
  • Do good to those who hate you
  • Bless those who curse you
  • Pray for those who mistreat you
  • If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also
  • If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic
  • Give to everyone who asks you
  • If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back
  • Do not judge or condemn
  • Be merciful

These are counter-intuitive – and hard! You might as well tell me that I’m going to rescue the Israelites from Pharaoh. So I ask: Who am I to do this, Lord? The answer: “I will be with you”

Prayer
 
Lord, thank you for promising to be with me always and forever. I am so relieved that you will never leave me or forsake me. You promised to be with me to the end of the age.
Sue
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5 responses to “Exodus 3; Job 20; Luke 6; I Corinthians 7

  1. Kathi Anglin

    Sue I think you really hit the nail on the head! I had never equated or thought to connect Moses’ calling with my own calling to obey the ‘counter-intuitive’ commands of Christ. Thanks for investing your time in 66books.

  2. Excellent. God powered. Holy Spirit powered lives.

  3. I am so glad that God keeps forming us into what he wants us to be! We never know the full picture until it is fully painted! God Bless! Mona

  4. suegraff

    Kathi – funny you mention that – I was torn between the two topics and it was a late revelation that they could actually fit together – glad it still made sense in the morning – to other people especially! 🙂

    Reggie – thanks for your feedback! it’s been great reading and blogging with you.

    Mona – glad you are reading along with us and thanks for your comment too! you are my first cyberspace / blogspace friend (in Missouri from Portland)!

  5. Kathleenathome

    “It’s not about who I am, but who God is, and knowing that He will be with me.”

    This statement jumped off the page or rather the screen to me. I really needed to hear this! I always focus on how I can’t seem to conquer this or that or, like Moses, how I am not “good enough” to do what the Lord calls me to do, but I fail to remember that it’s not about me and my strength. It does not come from me, but it’s all about Jesus and the strength of the Holy Spirit within me that will perform whatever He calls me to do.

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