- Monday, March 01, 2010
Many times we ask ourselves, "Can I?" Can I make a difference? Can I love others that are not nice to me? Can I continue to keep going with minimum support and no encouragement? Can I really change?
But God is asking us a different question, "Will you?" Will you be the one who makes a difference, will you reach out with My hands and speak My words in love to another? Will you endure to the end on My strength and encouragement alone? Will you change so others can follow you?
Change seems impossible when we continue to look at the circumstances around us that do not change or seem to become worse. We get a sense that we are small and insignificant, becoming overwhelmed by our everyday life. But regardless of the obstacles and challenges, God not only can make a way, He is willing to use you.
God is looking for life-changers. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness and He has empowered us with the ability to accomplish amazing things. But how?
If we look at Moses, we find that he knew and was fully aware that he could not do what God had asked of him. His complaints seemed valid; he couldn't speak well, he was too old, and he had no desire to accomplish the task at hand. God asked him to do it and he basically said, "Send someone else." After three distinct miracles and God permitting Moses' brother Aaron to go with him, Moses agreed. But life did not get easier when Moses knew the will of the Lord. It got more difficult.
Moses got in a horrible fight with his wife that involved his children and almost died on the journey back to Egypt (Exodus chapter 3 & 4). Then, when in Egypt, the Israelites did not trust him, Pharaoh did not listen to him and the Egyptians could perform the same miraculous signs making Moses' request for freedom become powerless. Moses again turned to God and asked, "What's up and why me?" (paraphrase from Exodus 5:22-23)
Many times we finally get the revelation of God's will for our life and then it seems as if everything falls apart and everyone turns against us. How do we accomplish great things? How do we keep going? How then do we know that it is really God's plan when life circumstances are playing out opposite of the promises? Well, let's again learn from Moses:
1. Moses returned back to the Lord (Exodus 5:22)
We, too, need to go back to God for clarification and instruction. If God has asked us to do something, then He is responsible to accomplish it. We do not know how it will come about but God has the answers.
2. God spoke to Moses and restated His promises (Exodus 6:1-8)
God quoted back to Moses the words He gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Allow the Lord to speak to you. Open His Word and be reminded of what He said to you. We are His children and the promises are "yes and amen" for us. Ask Him to open the door of revelation, Seek Him in His Word until you find answers, and Knock until the door of your heart senses God's truth and peace again.
3. Moses stopped focusing on the people and began listening and obeying the Lord. (Exodus 6:9)
At some point, we have to shift our focus. If God has called you, has spoken to you, and has confirmed His plan, then you cannot expect others to bring you clarity or give you instruction. If you keep focusing on others and listening to them, you will miss out on what God wants to do with you. Listen and obey the Lord. He is faithful. His yoke is easy when you are obedient to do His will according to His way.
4. God gave a command (Exodus 6:13)
Nothing can stop the will of God. He brings about His will by using substandard people and fools to confound those in this world who pride themselves on being wise, rich and strong. You are more than qualified if you are willing to value God's words and ways over your own.
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