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God Works Through Obedience

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Read Exodus 3:18-4:10.

Moses had every excuse in the book for why he couldn’t be the one to rescue God’s people out of Egypt. And do you know what? He was right. Moses couldn’t be the deliverer of the Israelites. In fact, he had already tried once and failed. He was rejected by the very people he wanted to help.

But that was the whole point. Only God can rescue a nation of slaves from the world’s most powerful empire. Only God can undo the laws of nature to release Pharaoh’s iron grip. Still, God wanted to use Moses. He wanted to empower this broken man. He wanted to strengthen his faint heart. God specializes in using and uplifting those who feel inadequate. Why does He delight in using the broken? Because these are the folks who have learned to lean wholeheartedly on Him. They know they can’t do it on their own.

The most important thing God promised Moses from the burning bush was “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). That matters more than all the plagues and assurances of victory God could offer. God’s presence is all we really need.

Perhaps you feel like Moses. You’ve been on the sidelines for far too long. You may have stopped living for Christ. You may have stopped witnessing to others about His love. You may have even become spiritually paralyzed. God wants you to choose to move forward, not in your own strength as before, but in His. He will be with you. And that makes all the difference.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are always with me. Help me remember that You are my strength so that I boldly step out in faith to share Your wonders. May I decrease, and You, increase in me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain” (Exodus 3:12).

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