14 Mar Who wins in the battle against my fear?
Read Exodus 6:1-13 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: God is more powerful!
In what would be one of the greatest showdowns of the Old Testament, Moses was given a very specific task by God. He was asked to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israelites leave Egypt. Life in Egypt was more than difficult – the Israelites had lost their freedom and were slaves. They faced a harsh reality: Egypt, the greatest empire on earth held them captive. And – Pharaoh had no incentive to let them go. In the Ancient World, civilizations were run by leaders who used slaves to build things like the Great Pyramids. Still, God promised Moses that as long as he showed up on Pharaoh’s doorstep, God would be with him.
Today we know Moses as a great leader and hero. At the time, he was less than enthused when given this assignment. In fact, Moses reacted like many of us would have. He immediately gave excuses as to why he felt he was the wrong person for the job. Rather than complaining that his task was too scary or overwhelming, Moses said to God, “But Lord!’ Moses objected. ‘My own people won’t listen to me anymore. How can I expect Pharaoh to listen? I’m such a clumsy speaker” Even though God had personally chosen him, Moses was worried he wasn’t good enough. Before he could make a difference, he needed to get over his fear.
When we face difficult challenges, do we find ourselves feeling like Moses? Do we get caught up in a mental battle gripped by fear and self-doubt? At times when life makes no sense, let’s remember that God is more powerful than any problem we face. He is stronger than any external opposition AND our internal fears. Let’s embrace life when it is difficult by saying “yes” to God, knowing that He gives us everything we need!
Pastors Stan and David