Exodus 4:1 – Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”

God has just finished telling Moses that the Israelites will listen to Him. He told him that Pharaoh would resist but would eventually be brought to his knees and that the Egyptians would end up giving the Israelites treasures before they leave. After God says all this Moses says, “I don’t think it is going to work.” “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:1)

Moses isn’t listening. Perhaps Moses has a different scenario in his head. Maybe he is imagining standing before Pharaoh’s receptionist telling her that he was sent there by a voice coming out of a bush that was on fire but not being consumed. He knows that everyone will think he is crazy!

The problem was that Moses was trusting his imagination rather than God’s promise. How often do we run through a thousand negative outcomes in our head when we feel called to do something? For example, maybe you see the need for a food kitchen in your town, but then you think, people wouldn’t come, they are too proud, the people who would come are dangerous, you don’t have money to buy enough food and so on.

Why is it that we seem to trust some much in things instead of taking God at His word. Moses was seeing obstacles while God pointed to opportunities. He saw problems and God saw potential. That’s the way it is most of the time. We see the mine field ahead of us when we should be watching the one who knows the way. If God is taking you into a situation that seems too big for you, just remember He is with you and He is Lord over everything.


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