Summary: The presence of problems does not mean necessarily that you are out of God's will, it just shows us that God is enough to see us through those times.
God is more than enough
Exodus chapter 6:1-8
Turn with me to Exodus chapter 6. It is the second book of the Bible.
We get a chance to see Israel in their rebellion of God.
We see God intervene for them repeatedly.
We see God’s people being held captive by a nation that had no intentions of letting them go.
We see a people who without God’s help would never been able to get free.
God, calling a man named Moses to do something that was humanly impossible and that was to move more than 6 million people to a land that God had promised them.
Chapter Three- The burning bush experience where Moses was going about his day and he notices that a bush is burning but never is burned up.
Bushes burning is not unusual, but burning forever and not going out is.
Curiosity has him check it out and when he gets to it, God shows up and makes an ordinary day become extra-ordinary.
God begins by talking to him through the burning bush.
He went from “I will go over and see this strange sight, why the bush does not burn up.”
To the Lord speaking through the bush and calling out his name- “Moses, Moses”
(5) “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”- I don’t know about you but that just became extra-ordinary.
After a whole lot of dialogue, God gave Moses the impossible job.
Taking the Nation of Israel to the land that He has promised them.
6 Million ungrateful people murmuring as if being in Egypt was a good thing!
Again, after a whole lot of dialogue, (being nice because it was a lot of crying and complaining) Moses was asking God to send someone else.
He (God) was angered but gave him his brother Aaron and together they faced the most powerful man of the time, the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Let’s just say that it did not go well for them-
Moses went to Pharaoh and tells him God said “Let my people go” (you can imagine it being wimpy)
Pharaoh said “Who is the Lord that I should obey him, and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
Stop there for a minute
I don’t know about you but that just describes my life at times with the Lord
I have felt like I was captive to something that was bigger than me and most definitely impossible to get out of by myself.
I have seen God do some unusual things and not knowing what I should do with it because at the time I did not understand it.
I have felt like God has called me to do something and I have felt very inadequate.
I have felt like no one was there to help me and I was doing it all by myself.
I have at times done what I felt was right and faced those giants head on only to feel like the cast of wizard of oz standing before the great and powerful oz and he says “You dare challenge the great Oz”
I have done all that I know to do and watched things get worse.
I am ‘that guy” where traffic is moving until I got there.
Waiting in line till I am in front of the line and they just “ran out”
The “free goldfish” that cost me a lot of money because I had to buy a tank, filter, food, and then the fish died.
Help me out here, I know that I am not alone here- There are times that you feel like you are in a bubble and nothing is working
God gives you something to do and your crying out to God to send someone else or at least send me some help because you feel that you can’t do it.
I don’t know what Moses was thinking other than what is recorded here but I would think that he was frustrated and angered and concerned what was happening to him.
God said to Moses “So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians.”
Moses is thinking- “Why have you done this to me? When are you going to keep your promise?
God didn’t tell him that there would not be trouble first.
God didn’t tell him how he was going to rescue them.
God’s answer- “Now you will see what I do and It will happen because of my mighty hand.”
Another example in the Bible of unfairness
Joseph was sold into slavery and put into prison for years for something he never did. He did everything he knew to do and bad things still happened.