“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” - Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
The epic story where a herdsman called Moses came up and faced one of the most powerful kings there was, Pharaoh Remises, is a testament that we can face situations that seem insurmountable. Yet, what we have is a God far more powerful than any obstacles we can ever imagine.
From every aspect Moses was “outnumbered” and he knew it. When he was commissioned to go back to Pharaoh and plea for the liberation of the Israelis in captivity aware of his limitations he desperately tried to elbow out. Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10).
Given an aide, Aaron, and armed with but just a staff, when he finally got up to Pharaoh with all the kings services at his disposal, Moses’s mission seemed beyond impossible. So he presented his staff. “Then Pharaoh summoned the wise man sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. For each man cast down his staff and they became serpent” (vv 11).
That could certainly have been the end of Moses’s mission except he had a far more powerful God. The staff which God had placed in Moses’s hands quickly extinguished all threats. “But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs” (vv 12).
Still, the enemy did not cow down, which is an important to note. The enemy does not easily give in. From there on, it was a case of the Pharaoh mustering one “staff” after another, only to be knocked off. The waters of the Nile were turned into blood; but the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts (Exodus 7: 20-22). When God let the frogs come up and cover the land of Egypt, “the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt” (Exodus 8:7).
But much as he had an array of seemingly invincible support around him, the force of God was ultimately irresistible, dealing Pharaoh the fatal blow when him along with his pursuing army of 600 chariots were swept into the sea (Exodus 14: 27).
Our situations may not be exactly similar to the one Moses faced. But there are often in our lives powers that may stand up against us which seem insurmountable. At every attempt to fight them they come back with equal force. But what we should remember and never forget is that the God we believe in is greater than all these powers, and will surely in His time, humble all.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, whatever forces I am faced with, I know you are greater than all, and will take the final glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!