DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 6
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE LORD
Leslie M. John
“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11)
When God chose Moses to be the leader to lead the children of Israel from Egypt unto the Promised Land Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey Moses was very reluctant to take the lead. Moses speaks to God in a very negative way when he says…
“…But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee…” Exodus 4:1)
This is how we Christians sometimes make decisions on our own in unbelief, or reluctance or fear saying, “Oh! God that is not possible; they may not hear me; they may not entertain me; they may not believe what I say about you” and so on.
God showed to Moses that He was Almighty One, and asked him as to what in his hand was. Moses answered and said ‘a rod’. God asks him to cast that rod on the ground. Moses obeys and casts it on the ground. To the surprise of Moses the rod became serpent and he tried to flee from the scene, but then upon God’s intervention Moses went back and caught the serpent by its tail as commanded by God and the serpent turned rod.
Next, God said to Moses to draw his hand in to his bosom and pull it out to see the result. Moses does it as God said to him, and finds the color of the skin on his hand turning out to be like one of leper’s hand. On God’s instructions when he draws his hand back again into the bosom and pulls it out he sees the hand has its natural color.
God now tells Moses that in spite of showing these miracles if the Israelites do not believe that Moses is the chosen one to be their leader he should take water from the river and pour it on the ground; the water then would become blood upon the dry land.
It would seem that Moses was an unbelieving man in the light of his refusals to believe that the miracles shown to him were not sufficient, but went on giving excuses to God saying “…LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue”. Exodus 4:10
After hearing the excuses of Moses, the LORD said unto him:
“…Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” Exodus 4:11
God said to Moses very firmly that he should go and lead Israelites by instilling sufficient confidence in Moses saying God himself would be his mouth, and would teach him what he needs to do. Moses obeyed after much reluctance and God was with him.
Believe that God does miracles. In just two verses of Matthew 9:28-29 it can be seen that those two blind men who believed were saved and they received sight.
“And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:28-29)