God has equipped us with everything we need to accomplish his plans. So, where is your faith when God tells you I am going to use you? Moses comes to mind when it comes to faith because he sure did ask God a lot of questions. What was his problem? Where was his faith? He probably had the same problem we have, we have to know the who, why, where, when, and what before we make a move. Moses and his doubts would make you want to say forget the plan all together, I’ll get somebody else to do it. But God’s plans will always come to pass even when we procrastinate, try to derail the plan, or alter the plan because we think we have a better one, the reason being, is because we can’t see clearly the outcome of God’s plan let alone it being a positive one at that.
God didn’t just fling his plan on Moses, he first told him who he was Exodus 3:6 KJV, Moreover he said, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon the face of God. Then God told him Moses could see how his people were hurting and he was going to deliver them out of Egypt and where he was going to send them Exodus 3:7-8 and he was going to use him to help get it done. Exodus 3:10 KJV, Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And God said he would be with Moses through it all Exodus 3:12 It doesn’t get any better than that. God is with me let’s go!!
God didn’t need Moses, but God uses us to reach others. If people see you have risen above your circumstances and your most dire situations have been resolved, when asked how did this happen for you? You will say with joy God brought me out. God carried me through. You can say to them Philippians 4:13 KJV, I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. Your test is your testimony that can help someone else.
Moses continues with his questioning. He needed all the details laid out step by step, going back and forth with God. In Exodus 3:13KJV, Moses ask God what should I tell them when they ask what is his name, the one who is bringing us out? God already told Moses in Exodus 3:6 I am the God…. So why is Moses asking God what name should I tell them? God tells Moses again in Exodus 3: 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto them. Then Moses proceeds to tell God my speech is not all that great Exodus 4:10 KJV, you can tell this is a huge feat for Moses because he is making up reasons why God should not use him. Now God is getting upset with Moses, Exodus 4:14.
Moses was like a majority of people today, God has called you to do something and we want to interrogate God, do it a different way or make excuses not to move at all. God knew Moses’ weaknesses before he said anything and God sent Aaron to help Moses, Aaron was an effective communicator. God is always on time and will always give us what we need and not what we want.
Does all of this boil down to faith or a lack of faith Moses displayed? Yes, it appears to be little faith going on here. Let me tell you why, because after everything God has shown Moses from the rod turning into a serpent in Exodus 4:2-4 to the Passover in Exodus 12:21-51 to the writing of the ten commandments on stone tablets in Exodus 31:18 and 32:15-16, it wasn’t enough for Moses. Moses needed a lot of reassurance that God was who he said he was that he asked God to show him his glory and God obliged, he shows Moses his back parts Exodus 33: 18-23.
We say the same thing, God show me that it is really you. Really? God may not show you his back parts the way he did for Moses, but he does show himself to you. Through his compassion, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. If you want to be real about this, think about all the material stuff you have ONLY because of God, the job you have, the car you drive, the house you live in, the heat that keeps you warm in the winter, the central air or fans that keep you cool in the summer. The activity of your limbs and you are still in your right mind. Food to eat every day, clothes to wear and shoes on your feet. Your healthy and if you are sick the ability to go to the doctor. God shows you his glory in so many ways. We don’t need to question God the way Moses did.
Let’s recall 4 of the 5 books of the Pentateuch where God was with Moses:
1. Exodus – God was with Moses as he led the Israelites out of Egypt.
2. Leviticus – God gave Moses instructions on how Israel should serve, obey, and worship him.
3. Numbers – God was with Moses and the Israelites during their journey of 40 years in the wilderness.
4. Deuteronomy – The last words spoken by Moses concerning obedience and what was required of the new generation of God’s people that were to possess the Promise Land. These words were given to Moses by God.
WOW!! Moses how much proof did you need that God was with you and he was who he said he was?
How many ways does God have to show you he is God?
Moses could have learned a lot from Noah. Noah didn’t question God when he said build the ark. He built the ark to God’s specifications and made sure who and what was supposed to be in the ark was in the ark. If Moses had taken the time to eliminate the questions and brought back to his remembrance what God said to him in the beginning in Exodus 3:12 KJV, that very first line, And he said, Certainly I will be with thee… could have saved a lot of time. When we go through troubles today if we read and meditate on God’s word and remember that what God told Moses is for us too… And he said, Certainly I will be with thee… know and believe that God’s glorious presence was with you yesterday, is with you today and always.
How many different ways does God have to show you he is God?
How many times does he have to show you he his God?
I’ll answer that…..he already has.
Be Blessed and Happy New Year!!