Scripture portion: Hebrews 11:23-29; Exodus 4:1-18
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:
- Israelites will not believe me or listened to me (v 1). The Lord immediately showed His power before Moses by performing three miracles:
- Rod becoming a snake (vv 2-4) – victory over circumstances
- Miracle of his hand (vv 6-7) – victory over illness
- Water into blood (v 9) – victory over nature
- 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).
- 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.
- Aaron was appointed as the mouthpiece of Moses (vv 14-16)
- 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)
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.”