Sunday, May 27, 2018

You want what?

1 God said to Moses, "Now you'll see what I'll do to Pharaoh: With a strong hand he'll send them out free; with a strong hand he'll drive them out of his land." (Ex. 6:1)

Try as we might, we cannot resist the powerful hand of God on our life.  Many have tried to escape his plans, but in the end all they do to escape is get deeper and deeper into bondage to something they didn't want or like either.  Even the hardest of hearts and the one who just demands there must be a different way can be tamed and softened under his mighty hand.  Moses was coming to realize that the God he served was the "El Shaddai" - the Lord Almighty - not just "one" of the run-of-the-mill gods of the land, but the mighty God of all - creator of all that exists. When we begin to come to a revelation of the one true God in our life, there is no denying his power or his ability.  God never forgets his covenant with his people. His truth will endure. It will make an impact in our lives. There is a deep sense of his peace that should accompany that revelation in our lives.  Even slavery is not a thing God will leave us in for long - because he is a God of deliverance - he delights in bringing freedom from bondage in our personal walk.

God yearns to make us his own special people.  There is nothing selfish in this plan - because it is done solely from a heart of deep, passionate, adoring love. He doesn't redeem because we deserve it. He redeems because we NEED it! No one really wakes up one morning and dreams of being a slave - unappreciated, used for the benefit of another without consideration to how much misuse of his body, soul, or spirit occurs as a result. When God redeems, it is with his mighty acts and a great show of his power.  He WILL be known as the God of Redemption to all who have eyes to see and hearts to respond. Bondage becomes an entrenching thing that robs us of our joy and our hope - the two things that go a long way toward what we label as 'strength' in our lives.  A hopeless people are a helpless people.  Where there is no hope, there is little chance that faith will be built because faith is built upon hope.  Hope that there is something more, something better, something 'real' - something that sets us apart. 

We can argue with God's plans all we want - but he only needs a yielded vessel to accomplish his purposes.  Moses struggled with God's call on his life because he felt unworthy and incapable of accomplishing what God was asking him to accomplish.  Truth be told, God is not looking for the most "competent" vessel for his purposes - he is looking for the most "yielded" vessel. If he was looking for the most competent, he'd have a hard time finding anyone! God knew that a "strong orator" (one who could make a good speech or win a debate hands down) would rely on his own strength and ability when facing the challenge of a wicked Pharaoh hell-bent on having his own way.  Moses was in absolutely NO position to demand the release of every Israelite from the rule and reign of Pharaoh - he was a servant himself, under the bondage of an ungodly dictator.  Yet God called him to do just that - demand their release and then lead them out of their bondage into a land flowing with milk and honey (the land of promise and hope and dreams).

What looked impossible in the hand of Moses was entirely possible in the hand of God - not only possible, but plausible (believable and worthy of confidence and trust) .  When God gave Moses the plan to lead the people out of captivity, he did it with a specific directive - lead them out division by division.  I don't want us to miss that God does things orderly - there is a "master plan" that he follows.  God does not operate in a fit of chaos, but in an orderly manner. Those divisions (family clans, so to speak) were purposeful - there was a plan to God's directive. There is no greater threat to a society than chaos - when chaos exists, the plans go askew. God uses his plans to maintain order - to assist with guiding what otherwise would be a thing of absolute chaotic disarray.

Moses asks one important question - "Why will Pharaoh listen to me?"  The answer is simple - a child of God carries a mighty strong message - even if we don't think the message is getting through!  We should never be intimidated to bring the message God has placed in our lives - it is always backed by the mighty hand of a MIGHTY God.  God blesses the obedient with his presence and power.  When we learn to discount the negative influences of doubt or disbelief, we learn to listen with hearing ears and an open heart - listening as we should.  No one man could lead Israel out of Egypt - BUT God could with ONE yielded vessel he would use to accomplish his purposes.  Let's learn to be that "ONE" yielded vessel in his hand!  It may amaze you what God will do through you to bring order out of chaos and lead many out of bondage into a place of safety and peace! Just sayin!