Moses – From Struggles of Faith to Submission of Faith

Moses – From Struggles of Faith to Submission of Faith

Scripture portion: Hebrews 11:23-29; Exodus 4:1-18

Introduction

Christian faith is not a magical faith, but an experiencing faith that every Christian grow in faith. In this growth of faith, there may be struggles of faith. But, in the midst of the struggles, a true Christian will never give up, but cling on to God by listening to Him, and following His guidance.

  • We learned this from the lives of Abraham and Jacob
  • We learn this from the lives of David, Job, and even Peter and Paul in the New Testament.
  • When God germinates faith in the heart of a believer, it grows through struggles and challenges; it grows through fears and doubts.

The story of Moses was no way different.

  • Moses had a miraculous birth and early years of growing
  • Moses had very godly parents
  • But Moses had a very troublesome 80 years
  • Moses always wanted his way to deliver Israel from the bondage
  • But God was superseding every event in Moses’ life by His sovereign will and plan

The important part of the story is that Moses listened to God (Exodus 3:3-4), and God revealed Himself more and more to Moses and guided him.

  • God will never abandon us in our weaknesses; He will always prepare a way of escape for His dear children.
  • The Author of the Call comes to us with His assurance and assistance (this was the message we meditated last Lord’s Day).

Chapter 4 of Exodus explains more of this blessed truth:

Struggles of Faith (Exodus 4:1-13)

When God called Moses to deliver Israel, Moses’ initial response was listing down all his excuses:

  1. Israelites will not believe me or listened to me (v 1). The Lord immediately showed His power before Moses by performing three miracles:
    1. Rod becoming a snake (vv 2-4) – victory over circumstances
    2. Miracle of his hand (vv 6-7) – victory over illness
    3. Water into blood (v 9) – victory over nature
  1. I am not eloquent (v 10). This was a mere excuse because Acts 7:22 says, “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.” For this, God reminded him that He is the Creator (vv 11-12).
  1. Send somebody else (v 13). Moses was overwhelmed by his fears and worries. He wanted to give up. But God did not abandon him there.

Submission of Faith (Exodus 4:14-18)

Though God was angry with Moses, He wanted His sovereign plan to be fulfilled, and for that Moses was the chosen instrument.

  1. Aaron was appointed as the mouthpiece of Moses (vv 14-16)
  2. God had equipped him with the miracle rod (v 17)

There, Moses’ excuses ended, and from now onwards, we see a different Moses.

  • Ready to leave the desert to Egypt (v 18)
  • Meeting Aaron and the people of Israel in Egypt (vv 27-31)
  • Meeting Pharaoh (5:1-3)

Conclusion

Our weaknesses are nothing before God, if we are ready instruments in His hand.

  • Always remember that God is in-charge of circumstances, illness, or even the nature.
  • Always remember God’s assistance will be there for us (3:17, 20, 21).
  • Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
  • Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
  • 2 Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”
  • Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

 

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