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“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” //Exodus 4:12

I’m learning more and more that God does not provide everything we need before we set out on our journey.  If you think of a nomad, he does not carry everything he will need for the rest of his life with him wherever he goes.  His heart is guided to where it desires and he finds/acquires the essentials along the way.  Our spiritual life is similar. Not to say that God never equips us beforehand or that we should be careless, but you may find that God simply asks us to go, first.  As Americans, our faith is often tainted by the Western mindset of hoarding , even spiritually.  We want a stockpile of insurance that our next step with God is going to be a success.  We want to feel centered and comfortable in our faith at all times.  I argue that this is not the faith God asks of us.

For those of you that have not read Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus, he writes a lot about the scriptural examples of Jonathan’s (Saul’s son) willingness to do what he thought God wanted done, despite the risks and lack of resources.

It is this faith that God asks us to mimic.  It’s not faith if we wait to have all the evidence and guarantee that everything will work out before we start a ministry, take a new job, meet a new girl, etc.  If we are daily aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit, we can begin to know more of the mind of God and what he would have us do.

May we learn to walk in faith like Jonathan and climb the cliffs, fight the battles, and win the hearts despite all the odds.

One of the most important pieces of scripture is laid out in these chapters. I was able to extract its relevance in my life today. Let me introduce the verses before I go on.

For those who read, this is a repeat. Quick summary, Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh and are denied. Pharaoh increases the amount of work and the Israelites grumble and blame Moses/Aaron. They go to the Lord and question His plan (5:22).

The Lord responds with this:

God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD, I did not make myself known to them.  I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens.  Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.  I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.  And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’ ” (Exodus 6:2-8).

The Lord’s response is simple. He reminds the people of WHO he is and WHAT is covenant promised. What more do we need to seek. Within that promise, the Lord states that He will redeem. To redeem means  to purchase or deliver from sin. Jesus purchased us with His blood. Today, I do not need to know anymore than who God is and the covenant that He has purchased me and and continues to redeem me from my own sin.

Thus says the word.