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He is not the Great I Was…part 2

Exodus 3:12-14

12.  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13.  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?                                                                                                               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 you.

One of the most important things that God does for us is to assure us that He won’t ever leave us or let us down.  Whether or not realize it, we need His assurances.  Here in Exodus, God is instructing Moses to give this command to the children of Israel as they are in bondage to the Egyptians.  God is about to drastically change their life forever!  God (in this passage) is starting the process by which they will be no longer enslaved and live not just as free men and women, but rather live victoriously!   Did you know that God wants you to live victoriously?  He wants you to be conquerors through Him!  But don’t forget, in order for you to have victory:

1. You must have an enemy.

2. You must be on the winning side.

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The above is from yesterday, I have a few more thoughts:

Exodus 17:3  And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exodus 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Did you read that?  They were complaining that they were no longer enslaved!  How’s that for gratitude?  I have a few thoughts on this matter:

1. God fulfilled His promise to them. God cannot lie.  It is not possible for Him to lie.  He started to fulfill His promise to them and the children of Israel murmured at the details.  Sometimes God uses methods that we are not used to, to see His will fulfilled.  This was no exception.  He rained down manna from Heaven, He sent water from a flint rock, and also fed them quail.  He is also very creative in how He will take care of His children.  Even when we cannot see the “h0w”, we still need to step out and follow.  Just look at it this way, It will be very different and very exciting.  I am amazed at what God does every year.  As I look back and examine the previous year, there are many things that happen that I could not and would not have predicted.

2. God did not tell them ahead of time what the details were going to be.  He just did it.  I have wondered in the past why God did not inform them of what they were going to face, but it seems very apparent now why He didn’t.  He knew how they would react, before they reacted.  He knew that they would have a faithless reaction to what He was doing and going to do in their life. He knew that some of them might not have taken the journey because of a lack of faith.  I am glad that I cannot see the future!  My heart would probably break from the hurt that will come.

It is good for me to realize that God does not need my approval or disapproval of what He will do in my life, I just need to accept it by faith.  “Where He leads me I will follow” also includes, what He feeds me I will swallow.  Who knows what is better for us in our life, God or you?  The answer, in case you didn’t guess it, is God!

to be continued…

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , | Leave a comment