God is counting on you (Exodus 2-3)
Moses was focusing on his issues- taking care of the sheep and trying to hide from the things he did in the past. It is no surprise that everywhere he went there was always trouble.
First, when he was born, there was a conspiracy to kill young boys and God send pharaoh’s daughter to save him. Second when he fought with an Egyptian, he killed him and tried to hide it. Third, two Israelites fighting and when he tried to separate them, one of them confronted him asking him if he was going to kill them like he killed the Egyptian. Thinking of his own faults, he ran away.
In the desert he had the fourth encounter when the daughters of the median priest. They were watering their animals when shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses, who was then a fugitive fought for them.
What can we learn from this story? Well, one clear picture we have is Moses trying to resolve issues in people’s lives. May be you might be in the same situation. But God is counting on you to do something in your community or in your family or even in your church. Instead of running away, face the reality and address the issues this week by seeking the help of someone who can do it with you. Pray with someone. Send a word of encouragement to someone. Intercede for someone.
You might be thinking you are in the desert of life, but God has set a place for you even there. Moses found his wife in the desert. He found his refuge in the desert and even though he had many battles, God gave him a place to hide for 40 years. This week God is going to keep you as well through the tough times regardless. There is a well that you can draw the water this week because God is with you. God has provided a cistern just for you as you look unto him this week.
Many years later, God came and asked Moses to go back to Egypt, because he was counting on him to set the Israelites free for the bondage of slavery. God is counting on you too. You might have been out of the house of God for long, but he is now calling upon you to reason with him as we see in Isaiah 1:18. You might have run away for too long, but now is the time to come back. You might have excused yourself for too long but now is the time to come back and be in the house of the lord where there is fullness of joy.
God counted on him to do four things:
1. To stop the fight among the Israelite friends.
2. To water the camels of the Midianite sisters.3. To chase away the oppressors of the Midianite sisters.
4. To bring the Israelites out slavery.
The question is what can God count on you to do this week?
Will you Put on or Take off your shoes
When peter was in prison the angel visited him and told him to put on his sandals among other things. On another note Paul wrote to the Ephesians to put on the full armor of God where he told them “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Eph. 6:14(NIV).When God told them to put on their shoes, there was danger involved. He may be telling you to put on the shoes so you can pray more or so you can make peace with your enemy. The bible says do all that is within your power to leave in peace with all men (Rom 12:18). The shoes are meant for protection and you can only protect yourself against the enemy by putting on the gospel of peace through the word of God. Remember what Paul said, we wrestle not against flesh and Blood. Before Peter escaped from the prison he had to put on shoes.
Again God told Moses to take off his shoes because the ground on which he was standing was a holy ground (Ex. 3:50). The only time everything comes off is at the presence of the lord. Remember when Peter was visited by the Angel he did not have shoes and when he needed to get out of prison , the angel instructed him to put on his shoes. If your God tells you to take off your shoes, it’s because he wants to be a blessing to you, your neighbor, your coworker or you spouse or whoever it might be. It is because he wants you to pull down strongholds that might have enslaved someone for a long time. You become the instrument of deliverance and God will use you to pull down the kingdom of Pharaoh and to have his chariot of failure go up as the dust of the ground. It’s your choice whether to put on the shoes and go to war, or to take them off and to get armed with his word. Whichever the case, God is in control of all things and all things will work together for the good of them that have been called according to his purpose(Rom 8:28). May it work for your good as you get ready to either take off or put on your shoes.