Exodus 4-6: Plans and power

God’s plan, done God’s way, with God’s provision.  That little phrase was told to me by another pastor, who had heard it from another pastor, who had read it in a book.  You know how it goes.  Regardless of its origins, the phrase has stuck in my head and as I was reading through these chapters of Exodus it once again came to mind.  Really this next section of Genesis is all about God enacting his plan and accomplishing it by his power.

Moses had to learn this lesson.  The scene at the burning bush displays Moses lack of understanding of God’s provision.  God called Moses to accomplish a task, but Moses made the mistake of thinking that accomplishing the task would depend on his abilities and powers.  This becomes clear in chapter 5 after Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh doesn’t go so well, and Moses challenges God: “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people?  Why did you send me?”  God’s response is: “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh.”

God’s plan, done God’s way, with God’s provision.  We could use that reminder I think.  I know I have the tendency or the temptation to petition God for his plan, and then when it become clear what is next, I sort of dismiss God.  “Ok God got the plan, thanks for the update, now if you could just move over to the left there so I can accomplish the task, that would be great.”  God’s involvement in the process does not stop with laying the plan out for us, he wants to accomplish it a certain way and with his provision.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1 that God accomplishes his task by seemingly impossible means so that no one can boast or claim the rights to God’s accomplishments.  Essentially that is what God tells Moses in chapters 6 & 7.

“When I raise my powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”

We need to be willing to look not just for God’s plans, but for how he wants those plans accomplished and have faith that he will provide the power and the resources to see the plan through.  How many times has God laid out a crazy plan before Christian people only to have them back away because it seems impossible.  We forget that God is the one who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

Happy reading.

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  •  What was new from this piece of scripture?  What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  •  How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  •  What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 7-9

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