Moses is so stressed out. He came on this task, he didn’t want to do, and so far it’s only making things worse.
“Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.’” (5:22-23)
Just like yesterday’s passage, with the burning bush, Moses is still full of fear, doubt and excuses.
But God’s reply isn’t mad, frazzled, impatient or disciplinary. He merely restates Who He is and what He’s going to do. It’s like He’s saying, “it’s okay, Moses, you don’t know me yet, but you will. I am more powerful than you can imagine, and I keep my promises.”
God is about to introduce Himself to the world. The Exodus is a story everyone in the Middle East, to this day, has heard something about. A miraculous display of power, greater than the laws of nature and science and greater than any god’s.
This isn’t the only time God responds to a crisis by introducing Himself. It is also His response to Job (but we will get there another day).
So very often God has answered me this way to. In my short-sighted hysteria, He takes me by the hand and said, “allow me to remind you Who I AM, and that I love you.”
Ah, yes. He loves us.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” (6:6-7)
Why is He doing this? Because they are His and He wants them to be free and know Him.
What is your most impossible circumstance? What other power have you allowed to control you? Allow God to re-introduce Himself today. Remember who He is. Make a list, if that helps. He is:
- My savior
- My redeemer
- A strong fortress
- Creator of the heavens and earth
- All powerful
- All knowing
- With me
- Slow to anger
- Abounding in steadfast love
- The future King of earth
- The source of joy
- My provider
- My protector
What else? Allow all of Who He is affect your attitude and hope today. Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Sometimes you’ve suddenly gotta collect your own straw. But, oh, won’t it make His mighty deliverance all the more glorious?