Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, June 4

Exodus 3:7-14

As Moses was alone when this story took place, he must have later conveyed his experience to others.  The fact that it clearly portrays him in something of an unfavorable light while explicitly glorifying God's holiness in such a dignified yet understated way surely gives evidence to the Holy Spirit's ability to inspire precisely the event as it occurred.

God is one who both "sees" and is "concerned."  He doesn't just give us sympathy, but provides us with power to reverse the fortunes of His people (Exodus 3:8, 3:20).  God can certainly deliver Israel without human help of any kind, but the norm is to use people as His chosen instruments.

Still, the question of Moses in 3:11 is a good one.  Up to this point in Scripture, God has never used a human being in such a way.  Moses is surprised by God's command of 3:10.  In a similar way, Jesus does this in Matthew 28:18-19, when he commands His disciples to "go."  Moses is not alone, for God will be with him (3:12).

In the same way, Jesus assures His disciples when commanding them to go into the world that He will also be with them to the "end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-19).

Whenever God calls us to a particular opportunity, we can be certain that He will be with us, providing the resources needed in order to accomplish His purpose, and that resource is Himself!  This is why Paul can say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"

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