‘God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”’ (3:14) Exodus 3:13 – 4:17
It’s easier to criticise than to encourage. Our daughter thrives on encouragement. At parents’ evenings I easily worked out in which subjects she’d flourish: those taught by teachers who motivated by encouragement, not criticism.
Media quickly creates a negative narrative. In contrast, the Gospel is GOOD NEWS! It’s good news for us and for all. So we need to live as good-news people.
Moses, no doubt uncertain of his safety in Egypt, and filled with human insecurity, pushes God’s patience to its limit, save for the fact that it’s limitless! In response, God encourages Moses with each hesitation. Ultimately, God is left with no option but to challenge Moses’ commitment.
Our challenge? It’s this: how committed am I to living the good news? It’s easy to be a beneficiary, yet the benefits are equally for others. As disciples, we present a window through which others can gaze upon the kingdom of God.
Francis Schaeffer characterised our society as the selfish pursuit of personal peace and affluence. Jesus daily disturbs us with a challenge to pray and work in the interests of an altogether different kingdom. One into which we’re enrolled as citizens by virtue of our faith.
Moses, I’m sure might have preferred to remain in Jethro’s service, but God had other plans. Only Moses might decide who he would serve with his life.
Related Scripture to Consider:
Isa. 41:8–20; Lam. 3:19–27; John 4:1–26; John 8:1–11.
An Action to Take: God believes in you and invites you to live the kingdom life. Do you believe in yourself? Consider God’s Word, full of encouragement spoken personally to you.
A Prayer to Make: ‘Lord, let us not lose heart. Let us fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Amen.’ (2 Cor. 4:18.)
Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.
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