“And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty(handed): But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth (lives) in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment (clothing): and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil (plunder) the Egyptians.”Exodus 3:19-22
We are not always sure of what God is doing in our lives, nor do we always know His plan. Even though at times His plan will not be revealed to us until we are in heaven, we do not need to always understand everything God is doing in order to obey Him. There is an element of trust that accompanies obedience, and it is our job to trust and obey the plan God would have for us. I think of Moses and the plan God had for his life. It was ordered that he be killed as a newborn baby Hebrew boy, but his mom feared God over what man may do. He grew up in the palace of Pharaoh and was trained well in all things of life. He left this “enchanted” life, killed a man, and then wandered in the wilderness for many years. While he was working for his father-in-law, God spoke to Him through a burning bush. This is where we find him as God spoke to him in this passage.
As I look back at my life, there are times when I was not sure what was going to happen or what God was going to do. I had no real plans after high school, and my desire to be a Dallas Cowboy stopped when I quit growing taller and started growing horizontally. I had big aspirations for my career, but my ACT scores advised that I was most suited to be a farmer or a disc jockey. I had no knowledge of farming and not cool enough to be a DJ. I came to realize after I took the test that the ACT is something you have to prepare for, not just show up and take. I started my college career at community college, but I still had no clue as to what I wanted to be in life. If you were to ask my classmates, I would have been voted most likely to end up in jail.
During my college years, I reunited with Rebekah, and although we grew up in church our whole lives, we found ourselves not even attending church at all. Her dad told us if we wanted his blessing on our wedding, then we needed to find a church and start attending. We found a church that he approved of, started to attend faithfully, and even took pre-martial counseling there. God used that church in our lives to prepare us for His work. We were given opportunities there to serve and learn that would not have been presented to us elsewhere. We had a pastor who was patient with us and had faith like I had not seen prior to that point. We taught classes, led ministries, and even led a small Christian school. We cut our spiritual teeth in that church, and I cherish our times there as we met wonderful people, but more importantly, we got the chance to learn how to serve our mighty God.
I look back and see all the things God has done in my life. There were many times I did not understand what He was doing, but I have come to realize He was always doing a good work. There were times that were not always easy, and times I wish I did not have to endure. In reflection, I am glad for those times as God was preparing us for the next step He would have us to take. He used the uncomfortable, challenging times to teach us, and afterwards, used us to help others who went through some of those same things. Romans 8:28-29 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” The goal in our lives is to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Moses was chosen to lead the children of Israel, and God told him to ask Pharaoh to let God’s people go. God told Him this was not going to be easy, but He assured him that He would do great wonders and, in the end, Pharaoh would let them go. God kept His word and did great and mighty things to deliver His people, although there were some hard times ahead for the children of Israel. God offered them deliverance, and they did not leave Egypt empty-handed. God had a plan, and He used Moses, an unlikely leader who roamed the wilderness working for his father-in-law.
Where are you today friend? Are you puzzled by what God is doing in your life? Are you obeying Him even though you don’t understand? Our job is to submit to His will even though we don’t have all the answers. May we trust God’s plan for our lives even when we are “wandering in the wilderness”, and may we allow these hard times to conform us to the image of Jesus. Let’s see the mighty hand of God at work, and follow Him wherever He leads us.