As we talked about yesterday, during my teaching at Camp Wesley Pines this week I am drawing comparisons between characters in Star Wars and different Biblical characters. Last night we looked at Moses and Aaron and who they can relate to. … Continue reading
Sometimes in life we just beat up. Sometimes, nothing goes right, something it falls apart, sometimes we know what we should do; what we should believe.
And we just can’t. We can’t do it.
Life is hard. We are tired. It’s not working. We just want to lay in the muck and sadness and just sit there for a while. We are at our wits end; we are just done.
Every felt that way? You may feel that way right now. You don’t know what to do; where to go; how to handle it all. It’s just about as bad as it can be.
You can know this, at least. You are not alone. We’ve all felt that way. All of God’s children have felt that way. I was reading in Exodus recently when I read this passage I forgotten about. Listen to what it says in Exodus 6: 6-9:
Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’” Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
God comes to the people through Moses and says, soon, very soon I will save you. Soon I will deliver you. But they could not hear. They were too defeated. They were too broken. They were too defeated.
Even though, their deliverance awaited. Even though, it was soon to be there. Even though it was soon to happen. They just couldn’t believe. The pain, the hurt, the fear of that moment, it clouded their eyes.
They couldn’t see help was coming.
So is it for you today. No matter where you are today, help is coming. Even if you can’t see. Even if you can’t believe. God has not forgotten His promises to you. He has not forgotten you.
He hasn’t. Hold on. Help is coming. Don’t give up. Don’t quit.
Keep going. He doesn’t forget His people. They didn’t believe it at the time, but help was already there.
The same is true for us today. God is with us, even if we can’t believe it. Help is coming. Hold on. It’s coming.
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God would never use a murderer, would He? Surly not. God could find someone better, more suitable than a common criminal, right?
He’d never use someone like Moses, right? Wait, what’s that you say, Moses is one of the heroes of faith, one that gets it right that does it right? Sure, he is. You know what happens in Exodus 3:1-2, when he sees the burning bush, right?
Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
God spoke to him in the bush that was burning, but not consumed. But, Moses was not just shepherd. He was a murder as well. Listen to what happened in Exodus 2:12:
He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Moses was a murderer. Yep. Moses. That Moses. Under penalty of law, he should have been executed. One of the many reasons why he ran. He was someone that had done the ultimate wrong. Something that many of us may consider unforgivable.
And God used him. God wasn’t done with him. God had a plan for him.
So today, let’s not give up on someone that God still may yet use. If God can used a murderer like Moses, he can use anyone. God hasn’t given up on folks. Neither should we.
Who does God use? Anyone He chooses. He can, and will use anyone.
Today, may we remember that.
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