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Summary: Trusting God's Direction Without Question

Do You Trust God?

Exodus 3:10-11 (NIV) “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

For the time that I’ve been allotted this morning, I’d like to speak from the subject: Do You Trust God?

As we study this text of scripture and research commentary we learn that it’s been approximately 300 years since the death of Joseph until the time when those of Egyptian authority no longer remembered the awesome leadership of Joseph; thrusting their nation into a position of power. It was the wisdom of God carried out in the person of Joseph that not only solidified the Israelite’s survival, it was the same divine wisdom that caused the Egyptian nation to become the focal point of the ancient world. God allowed them to have gain when all other nations suffered from the famine. They had food, not because of their own wisdom and knowledge, but because of the wisdom of God.

Now we find that history is repeating itself, Joseph – the dream interpreter once forgotten by Pharaoh’s cupbearer, is now being forgotten the new Egyptian regime.

Exodus 1:6-10 (NIV) “Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."

These verses are the backdrop that leads to the severe depression and hardship inflicted upon the Israelites by the Egyptian during their final years in Egypt. The new king became jealous of their prolific nature and prosperity.

Isn’t it disturbing that when the blessings that God has for you begin to manifest themselves that some folk become obsessed to the point that you become their enemy. Better yet, isn’t it good to know that we serve a God who hears our cry and is concerned about HIS people?

Exodus 2:23 (NIV) “During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.”

I. God’s Concern

Exodus 2:24-25 (NIV) 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

• Lee Williams’– Come me about me.

o Lord I'm down in this mean old world I need you

o Come on Jesus and see about me

Exodus 3:7 (NIV) 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

God has a plan that He’s personally involved in;

Exodus 3:8 (NIV) 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. .

• One more day, one more step, I am preparing you for myself, when you can’t hear my voice, please trust my plan I am the Lord, yes I see and yes I understand. (Smoke Norful)

Exodus 3:9 (NIV) 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.

II. God’s Challenge

Exodus 3:10 (NIV) “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Further review of this text reveals that one of God’s chosen servants don’t Trust Him. After all that God has done for Moses, when it comes to God asking Moses to exercise his faith, Moses rejects God – in other words Moses say to God “I DON’T TRUST YOU.” Just for clarity, Moses did not say that he didn’t have faith in God, he said; “GOD, I DON’T TRUST YOU.” Due to the fact that Moses is talking to God from the burning bush, indicates that he believes that God exist, therefore faith is present.

There is a difference between Faith and Trust: FAITH is a noun and is something that one possesses; whereas TRUST is a verb and requires action. In short, faith is trust in motion (or action). Trust put feet on Faith; Faith says I BELIEVE. . . . Trust say I CAN or I WILL. . . .

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