So Moses told the people what the Lord had said, but they wouldn’t listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the increasing burden of their slavery.
I was reading Exodus chapter 6, and felt really bad for Moses. He is in the middle of a trying time with God. God has asked him to step up as a leader and he is not convinced that he is the right man for the job. Furthermore, even after he accepts the charge, he keeps getting flack from the Israelites because they don’t think his efforts to free them will work.
In verse 9, the Word says that Moses told the people what the Lord had said, but they wouldn’t listen anymore.
This struck me for two reasons. One, what had the Lord said to Moses that they weren’t listening to? And Two, why weren’t they listening anymore? What had changed?
SO, I went back in the book of Exodus to dig and realized that the main message God was trying to share with the Israelites through Moses was to Trust Him. Despite the fact that they hadn’t SEEN the things He had promised to their forefathers yet, God was using Moses to help them get closer to it. He needed them simply to Trust the Words that God was sharing with them through Moses and obey his commands, so that his Will could be done.
Sound familiar? It’s pretty much the same thing Jesus preaches in the Gospels. Just Trust and Obey. Trust God because He Loves you. Obey God because He wants nothing but the best for you. He is in you, so the best for you is the best for Him. Make sense?
In verses 6- 8, God says over and over again, “I will.” He’s listing all the promises He has in store for the Israelites. He then tells Moses to remind them that, “I am the Lord.” This alone should assure them that they are in good hands. He’s the boss. He’s in charge of this WHOLE thing called life, and guess what? He’s working for YOUR good.
I feel so bad reading this chapter because Moses seems so defeated. He has SUCH good news to share and no one will listen…anymore.
Why? The Word says that the Israelites are too discouraged by the burden of their slavery. What’s your burden? What has enslaved you? If you hear God speaking to you and you find yourself not listening anymore, identify what is discouraging you. I heard a sermon once that said, “a broken spirit prevents you from hearing the Word of God.” Like the Israelites, you can’t be released from bondage, if you aren’t listening to God’s instructions on how to do so.
God wants you to be happy. VERY happy. If you aren’t, ask God to help you listen to Him and obey His Word. Ask for him to send you a Moses to make it plain and take the charge to lead you away from mistreatment. And ask God to help you turn away from the burden of your slavery, so you can receive what your Moses has to say.
It’s not easy to not be discouraged. It’s not easy to not allow your burden to keep you away from the Truth. God knows that you, like the Israelites, need help. He hears your groans and cries just like He heard theirs. He has a Moses for you, but it will be up to you to receive him. It will be up to you to discover why you don’t listen anymore. Are you enslaved by your own low self-esteem? Are you burdened by the pain someone has caused you? If you are, tell God that you understand where your discouragement is coming from, and unlike the Israelites, you don’t want that to keep you from Him anymore.
What’s interesting about verse 9, is what happens in verse 10. You would think after reading verse 9, and seeing the resistance that Moses was up against with the closed minds, hearts and ears of the Israelites, that he would quit. You’d think that he would turn to God and say, “Look here G, I tried. They ain’t trying to hear what I gotta say.” But that’s not what happens at all.
In verse 10, the Word says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go back to Pharaoh, and tell him to let the people of Israel leave Egypt.”
God never quits. His will is to have the promise he made to Abraham come true. His chosen people WILL reach the promised land. Not even the people He is trying to bless can stop Him from blessing them.
THAT’S how much God loves you and me. His Grace is sufficient and His Mercy endures forever. Goodness and Mercy will follow us ALL the days of our lives, if we believe in Him.
With the world in the state that it’s in, we need more people like Moses. Just do what God wants. Even the simple stuff. If he wants you to rest. REST. If he wants you to support. SUPPORT. If he wants you to be quiet. BE QUIET. If he wants you to speak. SPEAK. The little things he asks you to do, from wearing a certain shirt, to making a call to someone you hate, are all things he is using for something MUCH bigger. Hear His voice and follow His instructions, His plan is Good…trust it.
Let him use you– a generation of people are depending on you to lead them to His Kingdom (in His way, not yours).
I love you,