Wednesday, September 8, 2010

God Comforts Us--He Understands

By Mary Vee
Exodus 5: 22- 6:8

I'm exhausted.  I've been back in Egypt only a few days, yet I feel like I've been here for months.  I told God I couldn't do this job.  Now the people scream at me, "You brought this suffering on us, Moses."

I went with Aaron to speak with Pharaoh.  A lot of good that did.  All Pharaoh did was get angry and yell: "Fine, find your own straw."  How can we make the same number of bricks if we have to take time to search for straw?

I need to be alone with God. 

Later that night, after most of the people fell asleep, I walked away from the camp.  The sky was dotted with stars.  I closed my eyes and breathed in the cool night air. 

"Lord.  I need to speak with you.  I came to Egypt and went before Pharaoh as you said.  You've seen what he's done to Your people.   Why have you allowed this trouble?  Don't you remember when I said I couldn't do this job?  Ever since I've arrived and spoke to Pharaoh in Your name, he's beaten and starved Your people."

I waited for a response.  After a few moments I shook my head.  "Lord you haven't delivered Your people at all."

"Moses, be patient. You'll see what I will do to Pharaoh. At the right time he'll force the children of Israel to go."

I believed His words.  I didn't know how God would make this happen, yet I knew He would follow through.

A moment later He spoke again. "I am the Lord. I have appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but they didn't know me as Lord.  I gave them My promise that they would have the land of Caanan.  Moses, I've heard their cries, and have seen them suffer while in bondage.  I remember My promise."

At that moment, all the stress in my muscles and my headache left me. The cool air filled my lungs and I relaxed.

He spoke to me again. "Tell My people, I am the Lord. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  I will rescue you from bondage and will redeem you with outstreatched arms and great judgements.  I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and give it to you. I am the Lord."

He didn't say any more.  He didn't need to.  I went to home, and slept well.

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God asked Moses to do a difficult job.  After Moses started his work he had problems.  He didn't know what to do.

Look back in the story to find these answers:
1. What did Moses do when the people yelled at him?
2. Where did Moses go for comfor?
3. What did God tell him?
4. What can you do when you have a problem so big you don't know what to do?

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