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Friday, February 1, 2013

Marching Orders

Exodus 1:1-4:17  1 Chronicles 6:1-3a
YAY!!! We have made it through the book of Job!!  Although the beginning and ending were an easy read, the middle, now that was some tough stuff.
But Job held on, and God came through!  That might just be a word for you today.  Keep holding on and God will come through for you too!
So if you can remember when we departed Genesis on January 18th, Joseph had moved his father and all his brothers and their families to Egypt. As we found out today, many years pass and the children of Jacob became so vast the Egyptians began to fear them, which led to enslaving them.
But one is about to arise from among them and will deliver them from their bondage. (Another typology.)
That deliver was Moses. We read about his birth, his miraculous salvation as a baby (aren’t all salvations miraculous), his murdering an Egyptian, then fleeing to Midian, and becoming a husband, father and shepherd.
And in chapter 3 he gets a call, a call to rescue God’s people.
God heard their groaning and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and with Jacob. And God saw the people of Israel and knew it was time to set His people free. Exodus 2:24-25
The children of Israel will no longer be defined by their years of slavery, but by their covenant relationship with God who has heard their cries and remembered His promises.
Moses, though, the one whom God asked to go before Pharaoh is not too excited about his new marching orders and begins a protest and debate with God.
Moses: Who am I?
God: I will be with you.
Moses: Whom shall I say has sent me?
God: I Am Who I Am. The footnote said, I Will Be What I Will Be.
What is it that God will be? Anything Moses needed Him to be.
And God will be the same for you and for me.
If you are sick, He will be your healer. If you are tired, He will be your strength. If you are bound, He will be your deliverer. If you are sad, He will be your joy. If you are worried, He will be your peace.
I am is the present tense of the active form to be. As God’s name it means that He is constant, unchanging, always present, always God.
So when God said I Am he was letting Moses know I Am is in control. I Am the creator and sustainer of life. I Am here. I Am more than enough. I Am God.
God was all Moses needed to complete the mission.
But even though God is more than enough, Moses was still scared, uncertain, and questioning.
Have you ever been there, standing before a burning bush, having God call you to something greater and bigger than yourself?
Yeah, its scary.  So I don’t blame Moses, I get Moses.
I have never been asked to stand before a king and demand the freedom of a few million people, but the things I felt God call me to sure at times felt that intimidating.
But because my confidence and faith was not in Tina, but in the great I Am, I did those things I was called to do.
And sometimes I did them even scared to death!!
I used to pray for God to take my doubting, fear and uncertainty away and give me complete Holy Confidence.  But I quit praying that prayer.  Not because God delivered on the request, but because I knew that the doubting and fear was what kept me relying on God and not myself to complete the calling.
And in the end I could give all the Glory to Him because I knew if it had not been for the Lord on my side… I would have been swallowed alive. (Psalm 124:2-3)
God wants to call you to something bigger than yourself.  And when you receive your marching orders, even if you have to do it afraid, do it anyway!
You may be terrified, but in the end God will be glorified!!
It’s not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit. (Zechariah 4:6)
Amen. And AMEN!!
Happy Marching,

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