DEPENDING ON GOD
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Exodus 7 : 1-24
So the Lord said to Moses: "See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh...." -Exodus 7:1
The people of Israel were at the threshold of their great deliverance from Egypt. Moses, the man chosen by God had to be equipped for this great task. In the previous chapters, we see Moses enumerating his many inabilities for the task. Surely but patiently God builds up his confidence with one assurance after another.
When we begin to read chapter 7, we see a great difference in Moses. God has made him be as a god to Pharaoh. What a contrast between Exodus 6:30 and 7:1, from a man feeling his inadequacies, to a man with great powers over Pharaoh. When God sends us forth to do His will, we know we are weak and may feel the burden of this. But He who sends, God bestows with His power.
Though Moses confesses his weakness and doubts, God's grace is sufficient to overcome the situation. God lifts him up in power—no longer do we see a man who is filled with doubt, but a man who is mighty in God. He will now go forth with the authority of God, to do the work of God!
What God said to Moses in Exo 7:1, "I have made you as God to Pharaoh..." In other words, Moses was to be the representation of the Almighty God to Pharaoh— the authority of God would be revealed to Pharaoh through Moses. Ephesians 3:10 speaks of the authority of the church empowered by Christ: "…to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places…" Similarly, Moses was to represent God before Pharaoh.
We no longer see the weakness of Moses, making excuses about why he cannot do what God has appointed. God filled him with courage and strength. When life fails to meet your expectations, you should expect God to do the unexpected. We become discouraged when life, people and God don't meet our expectations. Moses had sought Pharaoh for the deliverance of his people. But Pharaoh didn't meet his expectations but only increased the burden of the Hebrews. All his expectations had proved fruitless. When Moses became discouraged, God tells Moses to expect the unexpected.
God really can't deliver us from the enslavement of sin until we trust Him to do the unexpected in us. We Must Confront our problems in God's Presence and we Must Believe in God's Wisdom for God to do the unexpected with our lives. Many of us are looking to our natural abilities for the confidence to do the work of the Lord and live for the Lord. Instead, we should be placing our confidence in the Lord who can accomplish His purposes in our lives and do the unexpected.
Remember, great men aren't born, they are made— They are made as they yield to God's will, one step at a time. God is calling you into His will, but you must take the first step in faith. God will never ask you to do anything that He will not enable you to do. When we become yoked with God we can depend upon His supernatural power and wisdom to accomplish His work in and through us.
Thought for the Day:
"God does not begin by asking us about our ability,
but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability,
he will increase our capability."
― Neal A. Maxwell
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