Daily D – Exodus 3:11-12
Exodus 3:11, 12 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ex 3:11–12.
There is a sense in which Moses’ question is backward. He asks, “Who am I?” Notice how God turns things around. He says, “I AM WHO I AM,” (verse 14). Let’s go ahead and pluck the low-hanging fruit. It’s not about you; it’s all about God.
If God wants to choose a runaway murderer and redeem his life thereby turning him into one of the leading men of all history, he can, he has, and he does. Just think what he could do with someone as good as you! (Wink, wink)
God says to Moses what he had said to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: “I will be with you.” Here is the eternal secret to success that is really success. When God guides, if we follow, if we do what he says, success follows. It may not look like success at first, but the end result always leads where God intends.
Think ahead about the ten plagues to come. Success did not arrive ultimately and finally until after the tenth and final plague. It was only then when Israel was released to leave Egypt. Even then, the story continued with some uncomfortable moments. However, what God said would happen happened (3:12; 19:1).
What God wants for me is better than what I want for myself. His dreams for me are better than my dreams for myself. This was true for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. It was true for Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene. It is true for me. It is true for you.
It appears Moses was content to live out his days shepherding sheep all alone in the middle of nowhere. He did not want to leave the wilderness. Flash forward to the end of his story and see how, indeed, his days came to a close in the wilderness. But that’s another story for another day.
The next time we encounter Moses after his death is on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). Moses finally made it to the Promised Land. Verse 2 in that story is significant in the context of Exodus 3. “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”
In Revelation 1:12-16, John describes his encounter with Jesus. Verse 16 says, “His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”
A college professor (not at one of our Baptist schools) told us how he saw God while listening to Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. I’m not sure what he saw. He was in awe, but he was left unchanged. Anyone and everyone who had an encounter with God in the Bible was changed then, there, forever.
If you have made peace with God and have received his gift of eternal life, the Spirit of God resides within you. What God said to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses is true for you today. He is with you. Jesus told the apostles and the other disciples in Acts 1:8 how the Spirit of God would come and how he would empower them.
He did (Acts 2). He does.
What does God want for you today?
Why not ask?
Why not pray?
I will choose whatever God chooses for me.
Our Father, whatever you want for me is what I want for myself. How could I ever improve on your will and your ways? Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.