God used a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire to grab Moses’ attention. He called to Moses and told him that He would use Moses to free the Israelites from Egypt. Moses objected five different ways, but God had an answer each time. Now, Moses was going to return to Egypt to do as God commanded him.
Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh and ask him to let the Israelites go, but he refuses again and again. God sends ten different terrible plagues over the land of Egypt, but the Israelites are not effected (or are they?) (Exodus 5-12).
Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go, but not long after they leave, he changes his mind and sends men after them. God parts the Red Sea, and the Israelites are able to safely cross on dry ground. The Egyptians pursue them through the sea, but once the Israelites safely cross, God brings the sea back down on them (Exodus 13-14).
God continues to provide for the Israelites while they are in the wilderness. He provides water and food for them in the desert (Exodus 15-16). God provided for them during their battle against Amalek (Exodus 17). The Israelites come to Mt. Sinai, where Moses encountered God at the burning bush, just like God promises they would in Exodus 3:12. It is on that mountain that God gives Moses the 10 Commandments, along with all the other commandments He has for His people (Exodus 19-31).
God used Moses to free the Israelites from Egypt and lead them in the wilderness. Moses preformed signs for the people by God’s power, went before Pharaoh, led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness, and received God’s commandments and gave them to the Israelites.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned. — Hebrews 11:27-29
Moses acted in faith. We saw that he doubted God’s choice of leader for the Israelites and that he didn’t feel equipped to lead, but by faith, he led the Israelites out of slavery. Moses may not have known how God was going to use him to free the Israelites, but he had faith and obeyed.
Faith is not being able to know what God has planned but trusting in Him and following Him anyway. If we knew everything God was going to do, it wouldn’t be faith.
Trust God to prepare you, call you, and use you to serve Him and bring glory to His name. You probably won’t be able to see how everything will play out or where it will end, but that’s good. That’s how we learn to have more faith in God and what He is doing.
What are situations that you struggle to trust God in? What are some ways that you can start having more faith in Him?
This is the last in this series about Moses. What is one new thing you learned from this brief study?
Your sister in Christ,