Moses had the honor of delivering God’s message to His chosen people. The message was very simple. “I have heard your cries and seen your mistreatment. Please know that none of it has escaped me. I am sending Moses to liberate you. He is going to ask Pharaoh, but of course, Pharaoh is going to say NO. I will use his stubbornness to not only liberate you, but to enrich you and your children for the years to follow.“
The message was clear, hopeful, and showed that God had planned this liberation of Israel for some time. The hardest part for the people to accept was that God’s timing was so different from theirs. They wanted to be free yesterday. They wanted God to restore them immediately. What they did not understand was that God had to change their hearts and prepare them to receive their inheritance.
They had been slaves and now they would be a free people. They had nothing, and now they would have lands of their very own to care for and build. They had been under another person that told them what to do every day. Now, they would have to build their own lives. With freedom comes much responsibility. Israel would have to learn and endure the change. God had to prepare the right man and wait for the right time to make that happen.
In our lives, we struggle similarly. We want God to work His plan under our timeline. In addition, we try to offer some helpful suggestions on how he could implement that plan in our lives. Often our plan involves lottery or finding treasure…but only so we can bless others.
In truth, God knows His plan for our lives. He is not surprised when we encounter trials, temptations, and other life events.We must continue to trust and follow Him no matter the circumstance or event. We must also be patient about the Lord’s timing. He sees our lives in their entirety. He knows the when and how to give us a full and meaningful journey. We simply must continue to cry out and know he hears each and every prayer we pray; and as our Father, He has things well in hand.
God Bless You
Let’s say I go to the people of Israel and tell them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to rescue you,” and then they reply, “What is His name?” What should I tell them then?
14 I AM WHO I AM.[d] This is what you should tell the people of Israel: “I AM has sent me to rescue you.”
15 This is what you are to tell Israel’s people: “The Eternal, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob is the One who has sent me to you.” This is My name forevermore, and this is the name by which all future generations shall remember Me.
16 Round up all the elders in Israel and tell them, “The Eternal, the God of your fathers and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has revealed Himself to me and said, ‘I have been watching over you, and I am deeply troubled by what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 So I will rescue you from the oppression you have suffered in Egypt, and lead you to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—a rich and productive land flowing with milk and honey.’” 18 They will listen to all that you tell them; you and the elders will then go to visit Egypt’s king and tell the king, “The Eternal, the Hebrews’ God, has appeared to us. We ask that you allow us to travel three days’ distance into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Eternal.”
19 But I already know that Egypt’s king will turn down your request. He will not allow you to go, unless he is compelled by a hand stronger than his own. 20 So I will stretch out My hand, display My power, and crush Egypt with a series of miracles I will perform. After that the king will send you out of Egypt. 21 I will make it so the Egyptians treat My people favorably; and when you leave Egypt, you will not leave empty-handed. 22 Every Hebrew woman will ask her Egyptian neighbor and any foreigner in her home for anything made of silver or gold or even fine clothing. You will give all the items you collect to your children to wear. In this way, you will strip these items from the Egyptians.