Wednesday, January 22
Scripture: Exodus 3-5, Luke 22
Exodus 5:22–23 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
In these three chapters in Exodus, Moses has a running dialogue with God. He argues, protests, and pleads (“Send anyone else.”). Moses had a conversational relationship with God—a conversation that wasn’t just polite-chitchat, but honest questions, frustrated protest, whining, begging, and even bargaining! He was real! And God put up with all of it!
When I read these chapters, I always laugh out loud at Moses’ bargaining with God. But I’m also encouraged that God allows—even encourages—this kind of honest dialogue. Don’t ever be afraid to come to God as you are. Tell Him what you’re thinking and feeling—you won’t surprise Him. And then listen for His answer. You may be surprised!
Moses ended up striking a deal with God that allowed his brother, Aaron, to speak for him—although it seems that later in the story, Moses had no trouble speaking for himself! God is more approachable, maybe even more accommodating than we think. He stoops to have a relationship with us, knowing that we’d never reach Him on our own. This is one of the astonishing implications of the incarnation! God comes to us on our level to reach us.
“God became a man for this purpose: since you, a human being, could not reach God, but you can reach other humans, you might now reach God through a man. And so the man Christ Jesus became the mediator of God and human beings. God became a man so that following a man—something you are able to do—you might reach God, which was formerly impossible to you.” St. Augustine
As crazy as it seems, God has come to you—even more than He did to Moses—at your level. He invites you into an honest conversational relationship. Be real!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Mose’s example of an honest relationship with You. I want to have that kind of discourse with You too!