It was time to begin the liberation of Israel. Moses packed up the family, said his goodbyes to his Father-in-law and took those first steps of faith. God revealed his plan to Moses and moved with him on the journey back. But, Moses seemed unwilling to go all-in. His Son was not circumcised. God was unwilling to disregard his covenant with Israel—especially, between the leader of Israel and the God of Israel. Thank goodness, Moses’ wife had the wisdom to honor God.
Following God’s lead is a heart issue. While it involves various acts of faith, those acts are meaningless without a surrendered heart. Moses was a hesitant leader, at best. But, his failure to properly prepare his family as the chosen ones of Israel, was a direct rebellion. Once Gershom, Moses’ son, was circumcised, then Moses could lead with a pure heart—until then, He and God would remain at odds.
Each of us are faced with heart issues that we have to surrender to God. They may be small things, but until they are given over to God—they keep us from following him completely. We must remain focused upon the mission he has set before us, and follow God with ALL our allegiance. Each of those “little things” need to be given over to him. When we are willing to do that, he can use us to do mighty things. As the old Hymn says, “Trust and Obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus—but to trust and obey!”
God Bless You
Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[b] and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[c] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)