- But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” 2 Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” … 5 “Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.” Exodus 4:1-2, 5 NLT
- 11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12 NLT
I know these words too well: what if. I used to agonize over all types of situations–many of which were beyond my control. One of my best friends is a worrier. I used to tell her, “God isn’t in the what if. He is in what is.” And there were certainly opportunities for her to tell me the same.
He is I Am.
In this reading, I pay attention to Moses. He took God the what-ifs in his state of mind. Moses had a big task ahead of him–intimidating to be sure. The questions were legitimate. And God was not afraid of his questions. God hears the what ifs, and redirects the focus to what is. He does address the what ifs, but he doesn’t linger there. He moves on to say: I will.
God will be with you.
God will instruct you.
It leaves an impression on me.
7 At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 8 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? 9 Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? 10 Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up?” Matthew 16:7-10 NLT.
When the disciples are arguing over the bread issue, Jesus reminds them of what He had done.
I remind myself too.
I try not to get caught up in worry, but sometimes I find myself there anyway. I’m glad I can take my worries to the Lord, and he will hear them. Happier still that he says that whatever happens, he’s with me.
Father God, thank you for taking my worries and reminding me of who you are. I hope to quiet the monologue of my thoughts to be still and hear your voice. Thank you for these reminders today.