There was a story about a woman by the name of Gladys Aylward who was a missionary to China in the 1930’s. In 1938, the region she lived was invaded by Japanese forces and Aylward led more than 100 orphans to safety over the mountains, despite being wounded herself. During Gladys’s harrowing journey she grappled with despair as never before. After passing a sleepless night, she faced the morning with no hope of reaching safety. A 13–year-old girl in the group reminded her of their much-loved story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. “But I am not Moses,” Gladys cried in desperation. “Of course, you aren’t,” the girl said, “but God is still God!”
It has always been interesting to me that those who God chose were not seemingly qualified for the task given to them to complete. God chose them to take on the task at hand because He wanted to be sure that those who helped lead would only depend upon Him and not their own wisdom. As we think about recent discussions in our Wednesday evening Bible class, we know we have been commissioned with great responsibility to evangelize, yet we don’t always see ourselves as being the right instrument or vessel for such a service to God. Moses had an encounter with God on Mount Horeb as noted in Exodus 3. Moses’ challenge is the same as ours today: the challenge to listen and heed the Lord’s calling to do His will.
Moses did some great things, but only after he conceded to the fact that his excuses would not work and that he needed to place his trust in the Lord. God would remind Moses as well as many others that He commissioned to do great things for His names sake, that He is God and they would need to press on doing the work that He gave them to do. Also see Elijah in 1 Kings 19.
It is true that I am not Moses, nor am I an Elijah, but as the little girl so rightly said, “God is still God.” God is still the same God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). God is the same God who Moses encountered and certainly had a mountaintop experience that altered Moses’ life forever as God would work through Moses to accomplish amazing things.
Yes, God is still God today and it is the Lord’s desire even today for us to be His people (1 Peter 2:9,10). It is the Lord’s desire for us to be delivered from our sins (Acts 2:38, Romans 3:10, 23; 6:1-6, 16-18). The Lord desires for us to help others find deliverance from their sins (Mark 16:15,16; 1 Timothy 4:16, James 5:19,20). It is the Lord’s desire for us to go to that land of promise (John 14:1-6).
Although Moses had several excuses, however he was told to “go.” Although Elijah was in despair, he was told to “go.” With the great reminder that “God is still God” and that there’s work to do for the Lord, Moses and Elijah moved to serve and do great things for the Lord.
What about us? Are we moving forward into a deeper relationship with God? Do we have a greater inclination to submit to His will to serve Him and others? Or are the excuses still pouring out and yet God is still saying “go”.
God is still God and He is still speaking to us today through His Holy and Divine word (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16,17). Yes, Moses’ day was divinely interrupted by the Lord, just as Elijah’s moment of despair was. May each day of our lives be divinely interrupted to be reminded always that “God is still God” and there is much work to do in His service. May we do as the title of the poem written by our own Sister Brenda Fannett says, “Simply Trust, Obey.”
Trust and obedience
The key to live and love,
Opens the door for mercy and peace,
Gifts from our Father up above.
He that trusts in Him
Shall reap much good,
If his heart be set
To do exactly as he should.
No fears, nor whirlwinds
Will his soul reap,
His trust in God
Being strong, rooted deep.
When he trusts and obeys Him
Who gives such love and care,
The One who is his confidence
Will hear his every prayer.
Simply trust for the night is coming.
Obey for the day is here.
Long for Heaven’s calling.
Seek God while He is near.
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 🙂