Friday, February 3, 2023

God's Promise

Moses is frustrated. He's fed up with life in Egypt, with the way that the Egyptians are treating his people - even though he grew up in an Egyptian palace. He knows the innerworkings of the so-called kingdom, and he's just not impressed. He knows the deliverance God keeps talking about, but nothing is happening. He doesn't know what to believe in any more, what to trust. He wants to believe that God is good, but there's just so much that he doesn't understand. 

And he says so. 


Moses just calls out God, right there. He stands there and says, "God, what are You doing?" 

Many of us are afraid to do this. We think it means that we don't have any faith. We think it means there's something fundamentally wrong with us. Most crippling to us, we think that if we ever dare ask God what He is doing, He's going to go off on us. He's going to yell and scream and smite and put us in our place. We're afraid that God is going to be angry with us and condemn us. Or, at the very least, be disappointed in us and turn away from us. 

But that's not the response God has to Moses. God does not condemn him, nor does He turn away. 

Rather, God answers just as plainly as Moses has asked: I'm keeping a promise. 

I'm keeping a promise that I made long ago, one that I'm certain you have heard of. When I made that promise to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I meant it, and this is how that promise looks right now, right here. You are the next step in My keeping that promise to these people; you are the next person I am working through. And going to be great. Trust me. 

And how can you not trust Him when He reminds you in a single breath not only of His past faithfulness, but His present presence? 

When we don't know what's going on, we can still trust that it is something good. Something that will be good because God is working it. And we can trust that He's working on His promise, the promise He's made from the very beginning of all things - that we will be His children and He will be our God. 

And, well, that's enough for me.  

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