Life Lessons Learned from Exodus chapter 4 - 6
Exodus Chapter 4 -6 is a story of faith, what God can do, and who God is.
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?... The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go - Exodus 4:11, 21.
Exodus Chapter 4:11, 21 show us who God is. It opens our eyes to how much in control God has over everything. He causes things to go His way. Everything we can do and not do is determined by God. Ultimately, He is in control of everything.
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say - Exodus Chapter 4:12.
Then Exodus Chapter 4:12 let us know that God is our guide, our help and the one that assist us on what He asked of us to do. This is not Moses doing his own bidding, it was a command from God to save His people. This shows us when God commands us to do something He will help. We have all that we need to what He ask because we have God. All that is needed is for us to just do it. "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” What assurance we have with God!
Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him - Exodus 4:14-16.
How many times do we miss opportunities because of fear and doubt? What promotion did you forfeit because of your fears, insecurities, uneasiness, and distrust in God? God ask Moses to do something and because of insecurity God had to use his brother Aaron instead.
Our insecurities can hinder us from being useable by God to do great exploits during our time on earth. We can achieve so much and become so much if we do not allow insecurity to hinder us.
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies - Exodus 5:6-9.
This Scripture is an example of what is means to trust the process and to continue what has already been started even through adversity.
What do you do when God ask of you to do something, and you are met with a bad outcome? Do you quit? Do you get discouraged? Or do you keep going? Choosing the last choice which is 'keep going' is the best choice because anything you do for God is foolproof. It is incapable of failing. And anything God says will happen (see Isaiah 55:11).
Moses and Aaron were in a tough situation. Moses was minding his business when God asked him to do something. Moses did not want to do what God ask but eventually he reluctantly complied. After complying he received a backlash. What would you have done if you were Moses?
It is so important that you do not allow yourselves to be swayed, frustrated, or angry when opposition comes against you. This is a recipe for you failing in life and not becoming great. Your resistance in life does not change the outcome because no matter what, God is still Lord (see Exodus 6:2).
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country. God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord" - Exodus 6:1-2.
God remembers His promises (see Exodus 6:5).
God told Moses because of the promise He made before Moses was born with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob here is what He is going to do. Then God proceeded to tell Moses what He will do which is free and save His people.
God's promises stand the test of time and travels through generations. His promises cannot go anywhere but to the place called fulfillment. Time does not matter, what He says must happen. It will get done.
In verse 8 of Exodus Chapter 6 God swore with uplifted hands indicating He made an honest promise to do something, and in this case, it was to bless Abraham and all his descendants. He told Abraham they would be a great nation which happened in Exodus chapter 1:9,12,20.
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor - Exodus 6:9.
It is so imperative not to allow circumstances or situations to cause you to become discouraged. Discouragement is blinding and steals your joy (see John 10:10). It is the very thing used to cause you to discredit what God said.
But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips - Exodus 6:12.
Also, it is important to not allow the reaction of others to cause you to get discouraged which turns into doubt and then into you giving up.
We must learn to keep our eyes off ourselves and focus on the fact that we can do all things with the strength and ability given to us from God (see Philippians 4:13). It is not our own weak strength, or our own inabilities and lack of understanding. It is not by our own wisdom either, because we are limited beings. It is all on, from, and by God are we able to do the things He ask us to do (see Zechariah 4:6, Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 40:31). Everything we need is given to us by God. We just have to trust Him - not ourself (see 1 Chronicles 16:11).
Exodus Chapter 4 -6 teaches us that everything we can do is determined by God and that God is in control (see Romans 8:28, Proverbs 19:21).
He is our help support and promises to never leave us or abandon us on our journey (see Deuteronomy 31:6).
These chapters reveal to us how our own fears and doubts can hinder us from being successful and keep us from accomplishing great things. It is time we start getting out of our own way and allow God to be the driving force to our success.
The Scriptures cautions us that although things may look bad it does not mean what God said will not happen. It is quite the opposite. The process is part of God's Divine plan and once we gain understanding of how God does things, we will ride the storms of life with ease. Read more about Storms Of Life here.
There are wrong relationships and there are right relationships and having a relationship with God is right.
With God you don't have to doubt or questions the validity of His Word. God both honors His Word and values it above His own name (see Psalm 138:2).
He is our Great King and whatever He says becomes law and will happen. God is devoted to you and devoted to seeing you accomplish what He started in you - Excerpt from book "My Love Is Unconditional" read more here
God is a faithful God because it is His nature to be (see Psalm 33:4).
Most of us feel like our trust has been compromised at some point in our lives and these experiences can be very painful, making it hard to trust again. The word trust means to have complete confidence in someone. It is where your belief in that person is strong and unshakeable. It is having a firm belief in their strength and ability. It is having assurance in the person's creditability, character, and word. This is who God is.
His nature is like a devoted father who is personal, caring, and loving. Although putting trust in a person can lead to hurt and disappointments it is not so with God.
The Bible teaches us many lessons to help us get through anything in life. No matter what is hurled your way, you should have God's Word as your foundation to succeed no matter what you experience in life.
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