Wednesday, March 20, 2019
One of my favorite old hymns was entitled, “Faith Is the Victory”, and one of the lines states, “O, glorious victory, that overcomes the world.”
One aspect of the world that needs overcoming is fear. Let’s learn that faith lesson today from the story of Moses in Exodus 3:10-12. God is speaking to Moses from a burning but not burning up bush.
“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Can you imagine the fear Moses must have felt when the burning bush spoke to him? It was strange enough that a bush would be on fire in the middle of the desert, and that the bush did not burn up. But then the bush spoke. When Moses recognized the voice of God, he became afraid. His fear was based on a righteous respect for the holiness of God and a responsible review of his own ungodliness. This is the same fear Isaiah had when in a vision he saw the throne of God and fell on his face and said, “Woe is me, I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips…and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” When we compare our simple and sinful existence to the Supreme and Sinless God, we are forced to our knees in fear.
As God spoke to Moses, He reassured him and gave him an explanation of His visit. God was responding to His chosen people’s cries for help. They were in bondage in Egypt, and Moses was to be the deliverer.
Moses responded to God’s plan in the way many of us do, by doubting that we have anything to offer to the success of the plan. Moses questioned the value of his life by asking, “Who am I?” Moses’ fear has changed. He was no longer in fear of God’s presence, but rather feared his own involvement in God’s plan. The plan was a great plan, but it was too big for Moses’ mind to comprehend. The plan had merit, but Moses doubted his own merit. The plan could work, but Moses was afraid that he would not be able to accomplish it because of his past failures and present fears.
I think we have all felt many of those same things when God asks us to be involved in His plan. God graciously understands our fears, and gives us exactly what we need to overcome them. He responded to Moses with a promise and a sign that were sufficient to conquer all of his fears. He only had to accept it. He didn’t.
The promise was that God would be with him. The sign was that when the task was completed, everyone would be united in their worship of God. Moses didn’t really take to heart what God had just said because he proceeded to ask a series of fear-based questions, the last of which made God angry with him for his lack of faith (see Exodus 4:13-14).
Moses should have understood what God was saying: faith in Who I am is all you need to begin, and faith in My outcome is all you need to continue. What a powerful statement that we should use to evaluate our faith.
We need not live in fear of failure when we have faith in the Father. We need not doubt our abilities when we have faith in God’s probabilities. We need not refuse to risk when we have faith in God’s right to reign. He is with us. He has determined a glorious outcome. He asks us to begin the adventure. Take the step of faith without fear. God has chosen you!