Passover | Devotion 4: But I Will Be With You
The book of Exodus tells many very exciting stories. If you grew up in Sunday School in the “olden days” like me, you were most likely taught these stories in living color by way of the ever popular flannelgraph board. These “stories” are true accounts to the letter. God always has a plan, a process, and a promise. All He asks of us is to have faith and be obedient; He will take care of the rest! It was the same way with Moses.
In Exodus 3:7-12a, we read how God rolled out His plan to Moses for His people, the Israelites, “Then the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you.’”
Moses felt unqualified, and questioned God’s choice, “Am I really the man for the job? Who am I to do such a thing?” Does this sound familiar? Has God ever asked something of you that you felt completely unqualified to accomplish? I know I have felt that way at times. Just last summer, I felt strongly that God was asking me to go to a ladies’ prison in Ohio with our Church Prison Team. I felt completely out of my comfort zone, fearful, and unqualified. How was I going to relate to these ladies, what if it is dangerous, what if I say the wrong thing? God’s reply to Moses was similar to the one I felt Him say to my fearful spirit, “But I will be with you,” and He was! It was truly one of the spiritual highlights of my life, and I could have missed an incredible blessing. There is nothing like being used by God, but it will not always feel easy or comfortable. Remember, God does the work; we are just the vessel.
“All the people of Israel did just as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.” Exodus 12:50-51