By: Kasandra Lovett
There are many examples in the bible where God says the unexpected, picks the unexpected and does the unexpected. That is what occurs in the first four chapters of Exodus as God lays out His battle plan to redeem His people, the Children of Israel.
It is an Epic story of an unlikely hero who was for sure the guy and then not the guy, but then the guy again….called by the very voice of God! This is the story of Moses. This is the story of each one of us!
In Exodus 3:8, Moses encounters God from a burning bush. God tells him, “So I (God) have come down to deliver them (The Children of Israel) out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…” Then tells Moses “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people out of Egypt!”
Moses basically tells God…
“Say that again!”
“Not Me Lord!”
“Can’t someone else do it?”
God assures Moses it will be OK and lays out His plan like it’s no big deal… He says to Moses, “I will be with you and I will bring you right back to this place you stand. I want you to walk right into Egypt declare My name, “The Great I Am”, use your rod that will turn into a snake, and go to the King of Egypt and tell him, “The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us, now, let us go three days to sacrifice to the Lord!” And when Pharaoh doesn’t listen I will strike him with My wonders, giving the him chance after chance to change his mind. By My hand the Children of Israel will be saved!”
Unfortunately, Moses was having a hard time wrapping his mind around what God was asking for him to do. He was standing in disbelief and fear that he was chosen to do this. It was very unexpected and sudden but God did keep his promises. God performed many signs and wonders through Moses and the children of Israel were set free just as God promised.
This was an amazing event in their lives that they celebrate to this day but this was not the only time God had to deliver His people either. Another story is found in 2 Chronicles 20 when Jehoshaphat was in trouble and coming under attack. You would have never guessed God’s plan to save His people!
The passage tell us… A great multitude was coming from beyond the sea and Jehoshaphat feared. The Lord tells him, “Do not be afraid for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
Jehoshaphat tells his people, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”
Now when they began to sing! and to praise!, the Lord set ambushes against the people who had come against Judah; and they were defeated!
Our God is amazing! He is certainly way bigger than any circumstance, addiction, worry, heartache or fear in our life. Can you truly believe this?
Both stories show us that there is no way we can predict God’s next move, not only in what’s happening in the world but especially in our own lives. Just like He tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
The only way we will succeed is by daily taking our thoughts captive and let God win the victory!
When we obey, put our excuses aside and let God show His glory through us, miracles will happen. Compared to His glory we are very insignificant and powerless. Our flesh tells us, “If it’s got to be! It’s up to me!” We find ourselves working tirelessly trying to find our way, to find happiness, or to seek that next adventure to fill that void in our heart but God is simply telling us to, “Be Still and Know that I am God!”
He wants us to have the true Joy of knowing with confidence that He is the Sovereign God. He wants to become our Lord and Savior. For our salvation comes from the Lord!
From the beginning, God had a very unpredictable battle plan for the redemption of His people. Galatians 4:3 tells us, “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
As Children of God we are promised, “…that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:14-17)
Now, as the Redeemed, we have an important role in God’s Battle Plan. In Matthew, we are told by Jesus just what to do so God can redeem His people! He tells us, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs and wonders.” (Mark 16:19)
Followers of Jesus are equipped by His signs and His Wonders to redeem His people.
In both the Old Testament and the New Testament we are told to Go! We do not have to fear for God is with us! Arise! Stand on your feet, Jesus has called us for this purpose, to make us a minister and a witness both of the things which we have seen and of the things which will yet be reveal (Acts 26:16).. God will deliver us and we will one day be reunited with Him!
To God Be The Glory! And May He Show His Glory through Us! Amen!
Kasandra Lovett is the Sales and Marketing Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp. She has more than 20 years’ experience in woman’s ministry and leads the women’s bible study. She has a passion to study and teach God’s word and help people to Know, Love and Follow Jesus.