Exodus 6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
The children of Israel just seemed to be keeping ‘their heads above water’ so to speak. They did not want anymore grief. God had heard their cries for help, but they weren’t so quick to jump on the Moses bandwagon. Moses’s wife was not all that excited about things either. On top of that Moses really irritated Pharaoh. Three different words are used to describe his hardness reactions. In addition to all these elements, we can read in the records that Moses was not even gung ho about his suitability for extricating the Israelites out of their dilemma. It seems like it all was one big no-win situation with no solution.
It is one thing to hear about God, it is another thing to understand about Him. It is in the understanding of God’s desire for His children that trust and relationship multiplies. Trust is built by getting to know who God is. God makes that very easy when we let him by trusting Him.
I have always loved the verse:
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
God gives liberally, simply, frankly, generously to all who ask. He doesn’t upbraid (cast blame, guilt or shame) us. Moses was able to carry out what God wanted him to do as he trusted and relied on Him. If he had an anguish or fear, he took it to God and that is why he could help Israel get out from under.
Daily Archives: January 12, 2014