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Summary: An encouragement to trust in God, no matter what the circumstances look like!

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IT’S "WHO" INSTEAD OF "WHY"

Exodus 5:21-6:9

THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE WANT GOD TO MOVE EXACTLY AS WE WANT HIM TO MOVE. BUT GOD MOVES IN HIS OWN TIME, AND IN HIS OWN WAY. A STORY IS TOLD OF PHILLIP BROOKS, A FAMOUS PASTOR OF THE 19TH CENTURY WHO WAS IN HIS OFFICE WORKING ON A SERMON. HE WAS PACING THE FLOOR AND FRUSTRATED, AS HE AWAITED REVELATION AND A PARISHONER WALKED PAST AND NOTICED HIS COUNTENANCE. THE MEMBER ASKED, “WHAT IS THE MATTER PASTOR?”.AND DR. BROOKS ANSWERED HIM….I’M IN A HURRY, AND GOD ISN’T! AS WE OPEN OUR BIBLES THIS MORNING, TO EXODUS 6, WE WILL FIND MOSES PROBLEM TO BE VERY SIMULAR TO THE ONE I JUST MENTIONED. FOR 80 YEARS GOD HAD BEEN PREPARING MOSES TO DO SOMETHING TRULY GREAT. TO LEAD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OUT OF THE GRIP OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERPOWER OF THAT DAY, AND INTO NATIONAL FREEDOM. MOSES WANTED IT ALL DONE, AFTER ONE, OR TWO VISITS WITH THE PHAROAH, BUT GID IS NOT IN A HURRY. ALL WE HAVE IS TIME, WHILE GOD HAS ETERNITY. GOD DOESN’T HAVE TO WORK ON OUR TIMETABLES AND HE IS NOT LIMITED TO OUR TIME SPANS, EVEN IF WE DIE. HIS WORK GOES ON, AND WE MUST BE PATIENT WHLE HE WORKS OUT HIS ETERNAL PURPOSES. MOSES AND AARON HAVE MADE TIR FIRST VISIT WITH THE PHAROAH. THE RESULT WAS NOT WHAT THEY HAD HOPED FOR. INSTEAD OF BEING OPEN TO THE COMMANDS OF GOD, PHAROAH WAS INCENSED, AND DECREED THAT THE PEOPLE WOULD STAY AND THAT THEIR BURDENS SHOULD BE MADE EVEN GREATER. WE HEAR CHAPTER 5 CLOSING OUT WITH MOSES APPROACHING THE LORD AND ASKING HIS “WHY” QUESTIONS. WHY? WHY ME? WHY THIS? WHY NOW? MOSES WAS SO BUSY ASKING WHY, THAT HE HAD FORGOTTEN WHO. THE WHY QUESTION LEAD TO MORE DIFFICULTIES ATTEMPTING WHAT GOD IS DOING, BUT THE WHO QUESTION WOULD LEAD THEM STRAIGHT TO GOD. THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS THAT MOSES NEEDED TO DO AND I WILL ATTEMPT TO OUTLINE THEM FOR YOU AS WE LOOK AT THIS STIRRING IMPRESSION OF THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THIS INTERVIEW WITH GOD.

I. YOU CAN TRUST IN GOD’S PLAN …….VERSE 1

A. SOMETIMES WE ARE DISMAYED AT THINGS IN THIS LIFE, AND WE ARE CONFUSED ABOUT OUR CIRCUMSATANCES AND SOME FOLKS EVEN GET ANGRY AT GOD ABOUT HOW THINGS HAVE NOT GONE THE WAY WE WANTED THEM TO. YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF CRYING OUT TO GOD LIKE MOSES DID. IN RESPONSE WE MIGHT EXPECT GOD TO BE ANGRY WITH US…..BUT THAT IS NATURAL….AND WE FIND THAT ANGER CAN BE SELF-PERPUATING BECAUSE IT USUALLY ONLY SERVES TO STIR UP MORE ANGER. BUT GOD IS NOT JUST NATURAL………HE IS SUPERNATURAL, HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS, HIS THOUGHTS ARE NOT OUR THOUGHTS. ALSO I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THAT NOWHERE IN THE TEXT DOES IT SUGGEST THAT GOD IS ANGRY WITH MOSES. THERE ARE NO WORDS OR REPRIMAND, REPROACH OR REBUKE. GOD KNOWS US BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES, AND HE KNOWS THAT WE4 ARE JUST DUST. GOD NEVER FAILS, NEVER GETS IMPATIENT, OR DISCOURAGED, BUT WE DO. THERE IS A CLUE HERE……MOSES SUGGESTS THAT HE SPOKE WITH PHAROAH (5CHAPTER) AND PHAROAH GOT MAD. WHAT MOSES HAD DONE, WAS HE HAD TAKEN ON THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOD’S WORK UPON HIS OWN SHOULDERS AND NOTHING HAPPENED.


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Larry Finley

commented on Jan 29, 2009

Good outline on 6:1-8, however I did not find anything on Chap 5. Perhaps scripture was mislabled?

Russell Lyon

commented on Mar 1, 2016

Great message! Thank you. - Pastor Rusty Lyon, Faith Community Church of Fort Atkinson, WI.

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