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Exodus 6:1-9

Have you been in a seemingly impossible situation? A series of tasks that don’t seem to have a conclusion. A child that has drifted from the truth. An illness that has overtaken your life.

Moses must have felt that way. He had pleaded multiple times with Pharaoh to let the Israelite people leave Egypt, yet the ruler was unrelenting, turning up the heat on them and requiring more with less. In our lives, it might look like added duties to the job, the child seemingly straying beyond the point of no return, or the doctor ordering another round of treatment to your medically-weary body. Any resolution, regardless of the situation, seems unattainable.

Moses left Pharaoh’s palace distraught. He shook his fist at God. “How can you mistreat your own people like this? Why did you ever send me if you were going to do this to them (Exodus 5:22 TLB)?”

But everything was working according to schedule – God’s schedule. He had stated plainly that Pharaoh would refuse. Yes, conditions were bad – as bad as they’d ever been – but it was not for Moses to look at the conditions and become discouraged. It was for him to look up and to recognize that God would care for his people.

It’s something I need to remember when another task is added to a job, the child moves further away, or that ailment continues like a pebble caught in one’s shoe.

Tom Julien writes in Spiritual Greatness: Studies in Exodus (BMH Books, 1979 out-of-print), “Our Lord would teach us that without Him, things are not only difficult – they are utterly impossible.” Julien points out that in Exodus 6:2-8, the splendor of God’s person and purposes are spread out before Moses in gracious review. “This passage is a gem for anyone who is passing through deep waters and needs to be lifted above the hopelessness of his circumstances.”

In these verses, God makes a pledge to Moses:

  • I am the Lord– God is sufficient for our needs. He can be trusted.
  • I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob– He is the same God who appeared to Moses’ forefathers. He is eternal. His purposes are unchanging. “They were willing to trust me, even though they did not know as fully as you the meaning of my name,” notes Julien. “You are not alone, Moses; are you willing to act on the same faith as they?”
  • I have also established my covenant with them– This little setback with Pharaoh won’t ruin things. God’s promises are based on an eternal covenant.
  • I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel– The people are surely confused. Julien expands these thoughts: “Their suffering has blurred their vision of My presence and of My power. Yet in their affliction they called out to me, and I heard them.” God knew their faith would be tested and perhaps hidden, but he recognized their sincerity in calling upon Him. “I am acting on the basis of this sincerity,” Julien imagines God saying. “My purposes do not change with the changing feelings of my people.”

God also makes a pledge to the Israelites:

  • I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
  • I will rid you out of their bondage.
  • I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
  • I will take you to me for a people.
  • I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God
  • I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
  • I will give it to you for an heritage.

Those promises are just as applicable for the 21st century. Regardless of how hopeless the circumstances seem; God is always there. He will deliver us from our burdens; he will loosen the bonds that bind us. He will redeem us and provide for us in the future.

What seemingly impossible situations have you found yourself in?

How did God answer your prayers?

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