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Failure?

Moses Challenges Pharaoh | Devotion 3: Failure?
Jill Osmon

Do you ever feel that God has put you in a situation that you feel unprepared and ill-equipped to handle? That is where we find Moses in Exodus 6:30, “But Moses said to the Lord, ‘Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?’” Have we all been there? We say or think, “God, I think you have the wrong person, why would anyone listen to me?” However, God with an avalanche of wisdom and patience is so kind to Moses. In chapter 7, God shows Moses and Aaron how He will provide.

First, we see that God equipped Moses and Aaron to relay His message to Pharaoh. Exodus 7:1-2 says, “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.’” He not only equipped them to relay the message, but He also gave them the message to tell Pharaoh. God’s ability to provide in every situation continues to amaze me. It reassures me that if I rely on Him, He will provide and equip me for anything the world throws at me.

Second, God told them how the “plan” would fail. Can you imagine being Moses and Aaron? God laid this plan out and then in verse 4; God said, “Pharaoh will not listen to you.” God prepared and equipped Moses but told them, guys, it is not going to work; Pharaoh would let Israel go, but He still wanted them to go and boldly proclaim His name. Does it feel like life is that way sometimes? God asks for us to be bold, to proclaim His name and the world laughs and refuses to listen and walks away. What do we do then? We let God handle it, just like He handled Pharaoh and the Egyptians. In the end, they knew their role was to obey, and God would take care of the rest.

God equips and provides, and even though it may seem like the end result does not make sense, God’s will will always win, and His ways will always be for His glory.



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