Friday, February 3, 2017

the Exodus part 1

It's funny because when I was younger I always thought Exodus was such a boring book. But now I see my life written in the lines of the story. I see God's faithful hand, His power, and most of all His mercy as He guides the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. I hope that this story shines new light on God's Exodus for His people in the Old Testament as well as His journey for your life.

Part 1 God's Calling: The story starts with Moses.Moses' childhood was nothing short of miraculous as he was saved from death by being thrown to float down the Nile River. What's the first word you think about when you think of the Nile? Crocodiles? Moses' mother was a woman of faith. She did something that wouldn't make sense to most of us and was greatly awarded by God by getting to  raise her little boy into a man of God.

Moses was bold and a bit hot tempered.  When he saw injustice killed the man who was beating one of his own. Moses' life was hard because he was a Hebrew. He worked the fields and performed hard manual labor. It says that Moses was taking care of the sheep when God spoke to him from a bush lit on fire. And when God spoke to Moses, Moses hid his face out of fear. But God said...

I have seen you and the misery of my people. I have heard your crying and am concerned about your suffering. So I have come down to rescue you.... And I want you Moses to go and lead my Israelites out of Egypt.

And Moses who was afraid to look at God responded with fear and doubt. Who am I God that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Why me?

And God replied I will be with you.

But Moses said "What if it doesn't work out? What am I supposed to say? What if they ask who you are? What if they do not believe me?

And God said I will be with you and you will tell them that "I am the I AM." And here are three signs I'm going to show you. God showed Moses through snakes, and leprosy, and blood on the ground that Moses could trust in Him. God started developing Moses' faith before He sent them- God spent time with Him personally to help Moses prepare for the huge battles He would be facing.

Let's go back to Exodus 3:7 where God says "I have indeed seen the misery of my people. I have heard them crying." When you feel like you are all alone, God sees you. He sees the worst and hardest days of your life just like He does on your best days. He sees the pain no one else can see and the struggles you feel like you are  battling all alone. God not only sees your hurt and misery but the Bible shows that He is concerned about you

But He is not just concerned about you, He has a plan to rescue you- and not just you, but the people around you. God says this is why I've come- to take you to a better place- out of the land of slavery to a land flowing with milk and honey.

What is your  yoke of slavery- to who or what are you bonded? In today's times it's probably not physical slavery but it may be an addiction, it may be a disorder, it could be something that devours your time like work, pornography, exercising until you feel your body is perfect, watching movies that distract you from the real world? To what thing do you sacrifice more time too than reading your Bible than worship? Is it your career? Do you put studies over Christ because you are afraid of failure?

Whatever that thing that you are a slave too- it is hurting you whether you know it or not. It is stealing your joy, it is robbing you of your peace, it is filling your heart with doubt. It is causing you to question Christ. And God says I see you in your slavery and I have a plan to rescue you.

But God doesn't stop there, God says I'm calling you. I want you to follow me. To overcome the thing you are enslaved too you have to take a new Master. You have to choose me and you have to sacrifice your body and selfish desires to be my servant. I am going to use you to do great things but I need you to trust me.

And we may relate to Moses' response as he is fearful. God what exactly are you asking me to do? Am I qualified? What if I'm not strong enough to help lead others? What if I can't even break out of my own bondage? What will I say when I'm asked Lord?

And to this the Lord says Brooke do not fear. Moses do not fear. I will be with you. And right now I am going to start this relationship by helping you to trust me. I'm going to start doing miracles in your life and it's going to be amazing.

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