I deviated to post a review on the latest Passion album. Yes, it is a one word review, because it simply is awesome. Incidentally, I’m also 7th on the Google search results if you type “Passion God of this City”. Haha. Anyways today’s Bible reading was from Exodus 4-6.
Do we ever doubt the power of God?
When things don’t seem to be working out, or our circumstances are getting worse and our efforts seem futile, we doubt God is at work. We feel so easily discouraged and burnt out, coming up with excuses to get away from the ‘Christian life’ for a while.
Here in Exodus, Moses was in a similar situation. God had commanded him to lead Israel out of Egypt, but Pharaoh instead doubled the burden of the Israelites, which broke their spirits. God then tells Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let his people go. But Moses then expresses his doubts over his ability to carry it out – pointing out that even his own people would not listen to him. And at this point, God must be feeling rather bemused and angry. After all His promises to Moses to work through him and the displays of His power to Moses, why is Moses now saying that his words are going to be useless? It’s not Moses words that will matter, but it will be God’s outstretched arm that will bring Israel out of Egypt. Thus we see God dismiss Moses’ excuse and charge him to carry out the task.
I believe that today a lot of discouragement and burnout can stem from the fact that we forget who is really at work. Sure, we might be the one labouring, but our labours are in vain if God is not present, for it is by God’s outstretched arm that all His works will be done. God is saying do the work. It doesn’t really matter whether you think you can get results or not. If you have the ability to say a few simple words, then say the few simple words. If you have the ability to carry out a few simple tasks, then carry them out. I’ll deliver the results.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9