Have you ever met someone who seemed to have an extraordinary relationship with God? I believe most of us would agree Moses fell into that category in his day. Because of the relationship Moses had with God, the Lord showed him sides of himself that most people will never personally see.
This week, I have been studying the book of Exodus. As I noted Moses’ experience with God, some interesting points just seemed to leap off the pages of the Bible. I went through my busy day, anxious to get some time to sit down and pen this blog post and share my observations.
God had sent Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go. But he refused to do so. So God sent fire [lightning] mingled with hail to plague the land and to get Pharaoh’s attention. As he had done during previous plagues, however, Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let God’s people go. Here are some noteworthy observations I want to share with you from that encounter:
- God can protect His people. God sent the hail throughout Egypt. “Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail” (Exodus 9:26). God knew His people were in Goshen. The point is that God knows how to protect His people when danger is all around them. He does not want us to live in fear. Rather, we must learn to trust Him to keep us from evil.
- The earth is the Lord’s. At times, we may wonder who’s in control down here. But there are times when God does things to answer that question. Imagine how grievous the plague of fire mingled with hail must have been in Egypt. So when Pharaoh requested relief from the plague, Moses told him God would cause it to cease. Why? “That you may know how that the earth is the Lord’s” (verse 29). In these last days, God is manifesting His glory to affirm that the earth is His and the fullness thereof.
- God hears the prayers of His people. Think about it: Moses left the presence of Pharaoh, and spread his hands toward the heavens. “And the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth” (verse 33). So we see that God Almighty responds to the prayers of men! Of course, Moses’ experience with God was the exception and not the rule. But God does answer our prayers. We must believe that when we pray.
Bear in mind that Moses was a human being just as we are. He had shortcomings just as we do. Still, God used him in phenomenal ways. The same is true for us. Whatever God’s purpose is for us, He wants us to enjoy an extraordinary relationship with Him.
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