"So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Eygpt... The LORD said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go." Exodus 3:10, 4:21
How often we think the easy path, the open door must beGod's will. I wonder why? Jesus told us that in this world we will have trouble, not ease. So if Jesus already promised us trouble, why would we think that the comfortable, smooth way would be His way?
As a side note about God Chazaq-ing (hardening) Pharoah's heart. Chazaq, the Hebrew word for
harden means to give courage, to embolden to do what's already in the heart. Pharoah's heart was
very stubborn and hard, God just gave him courage to let it come out.
And when God sent, Moses had to take initative to Go.
But when God sent, He also set up opposition against the very thing He wanted to accomplish.
Why would God bring a "closed door" in front the very thing He wanted to accomplish?
Like everything else in this world, for His glory. To show Himself great! So really sometimes a "closed door" doesn't mean it is not God's will, it is just there because God wants to plow through it and show off.
So it seems the only real thing we can rely on to know God's will is His Word. To rely on what He has already told us. And just like He sent Moses and the elders, He sent us. His heart is for people to be brought out of slavery, for people to not be bound by sin, but live in freedom.
Should you go? Next door? Across the ocean? YES! He already sent you.
You are sent.
You are commissioned.
You have been called to proclaim freedom to the captives and good news to the poor.
Remembering what is true about God is going to remind you to trust Him. And like compound interest, the more you trust, the more you trust. In Joshua 4, God parted the Jordon for the Israelites to complete the mission He gave them. After they crossed the river on dry ground, He told them to make a pile of rocks as a reminder of His greatness for themselves and their children "so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful..." v.24
Every Friday for Brag on God Friday's is an opportunity to make a pile of rocks so that others might know the Lord is God. You can link up your post that talks about God's heart or character. It can be something He's taught you, an answer to prayer or anything else that brags about our incredible God.
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
1 Chron. 16:24
"...proclaim among the nations what he has done." Psalm 9:11
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