This morning we watched part of Moses' story from The Bible DVD series - focusing on his confrontation with Pharaoh up until the crossing of the Red Sea. We talked through the division of labour between God and Moses and how visible God was (or wasn't) through the whole process. We then looked at some more modern scenarios from our daily lives to consider what we can learn from Moses' story and how we might apply that in our setting.
Here's some the key things we came up with from the kōrero together:
- God revealed himself to Moses & made his calling supernaturally clear - we are made to have a personal encounter with God; it's supposed to serve as an anchor in times when he feels distant.
- When Moses asks what authority he has to challenge Pharaoh, God simply says "I will be with you."
- Although God called Moses, it was still up to Moses to go and confront Pharaoh himself, face-to-face. Until Moses took the next step in each case God did not move.
- God was with Moses but his presence was invisible. That challenges our faith...we don't get to see God move, we only see the results of his actions and they only come after we take the initial step in faith.
- Psalm 77:19 says, "Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footsteps were not seen." Faith is not a blind hope or belief. It is acting out of the certainty of our previous encounter(s) with God, and using that reality to see beyond our current circumstances. Hebrews calls it 'being certain of what we don't see' (Heb 11:1). This is very challenging to our human reason and preference for security, but if you can live beyond this you will open the door to a most amazing life. Like Moses though, the next step is up to you
Take the risk, you'll be amazed what you unleash!
Stay tuned. More to come as we keep wrestling with this.