Exodus 3:1-2,18-22 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed… And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

We come to the point in Moses’ life where he is being called into God’s service, and like I was once reminded, this was the third third of his life. The first forty years were spent as royalty in Egypt, the next forty as a shepherd in the land of Midian and the last forty as leader of a nation as he led the captive Israelites away from Egyptian bondage.

We note God’s amazing way of getting a shepherd’s attention, the forward covenant God makes with Moses to show He will see him through, the great promise of delivery, the leadership role Moses would be given, the acceptance of the elders of Israel, the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart and finally the plunder of the Egyptians after their women give their riches.

God heard the mourning of the Israelites who had to toil day and night for the oppressive Egyptians. This was foretold to Abraham, came to pass and now we wonder why God would permit such suffering.

Four hundred and thirty years of oppression is what the Israelites had to undergo before they were led out of Egypt and does that not seem a bit much of suffering?

When we gaze at the thousands of years recorded in the Bible across millions of lives over a small geography, we see the realities of this God which are sometimes hard to digest.

This great God who who chose to be referred to as the great ‘I AM’ or ‘eh-yeh works on an agenda that certainly is not of human bent.

I like to think of God as a painter with an open canvas and his paints are our choices, actions, relationships, emotions, etc. and God works through these volatile and dynamic elements to bring together the perfect picture He had in mind.

I do not mean to picture God as a tyrant or someone who is heartless but I mean to picture God as gentle and caring, yet mighty and awesome, who feels for each of us individually yet works for all of mankind holistically to ensure that all goes to plan, a perfect and righteous plan.

Moses questioned God’s plan just as we do when situations crop up in our lives but God who is sovereign over all works beyond our doubts and fears to establish His perfect will.

How long are you going to fight God’s will that was not quashed by slavery, torture or even the cross of Calvary?

Are you willing to give Jesus Christ the reins to your life and your challenges and permit Him to lead you to His father’s throne?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    Hi Vineet,

    “This great God who who chose to be referred to as the great ‘I AM’ or ‘eh-yeh works on an agenda that certainly is not of human bent.”
    There was a point in my life where I saw God as the Punisher. Nothing more, nothing less. I couldn’t get the Father concept and I couldn’t understand why the Mighty One would want anything to do with messed up human beings. Over time, that has changed. I haven’t fully grasped everything about the way He loves but the one thing I understand is that He loves even me!

    “Moses questioned God’s plan just as we do when situations crop up in our lives but God who is sovereign over all works beyond our doubts and fears to establish His perfect will.”
    I don’t know what He plans to paint on the canvas that I am but His word says that the plans He has for me are good. I’m hanging on to that.

    God bless you, Vineet. As always, thanks for sharing. May His purpose be fulfilled in you.

    blessings
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      I remember seeing God with those same eyes as you once did and I remember wondering if this God could hear or He simply chose to ignore little and unworthy people like me. I praise God for those times because now in reflection, I can see how clearly He showed that He loved me but I chose not to see His love because I was blinded by my hurt.

      Hurt sure knows how to mask everything good and is it not amazing how we can go into a downward spiral of depression with just one hurtful thought!!

      I love the way you thought of yourself as God’s canvas and are wondering what He plans to paint on you. I can tell you from the evidence of fruit in your life that God has painted His technicolor coat of love on you just like He gave Joseph and in so doing He glorifies Himself. Thank you for being a flying banner for Jesus Christ and for living for His glory!!!

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    How I am smiling at a technicolor Ann, flying as a banner! So yes! 🙂
    And Vineet, this post . . .how you end each one with a clear call to come . . .it drives me to my knees, just desiring to be more and more submitted to Him. Submitted to His paint brush and what He designs. God bless you and paint you in His love and peace.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      I sometimes write these comments and later wonder what went through my head to say such things but am hoping Ann would take it well 🙂 It was meant in a good way. When I see Ann, Theresa, you and other bloggers write words of praise to Christ and then go and encourage others is when I see God’s artistic talents at it’s peak because in and through each of you, He does amazing things that we with our physical eyes cannot see but in the spiritual realm understand and value. Thank you Deb for being a great encourager and role model to those of us who would crumble with the weight you carry on your shoulder and yet glorify God!

      About the call to Christ, my previous pastor in Dubai always said that we need to realize that our every action is to glorify God and point people to the cross. That helped me to start looking at the entire Bible as nothing but signposts to the cross and therefore the call. Thank you for revealing such aspects in these posts and helping me to appreciate what God is using to speak to each of us in our unique walks with Him.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Debbie says:

        When I was able to go to church, my pastor always, always invited us to Christ at the end of each sermon. Some were put off by it, but I loved it. Though we only need to come to Him once to be saved, I loved saying it again and again! And seeing someone raise their hands for the first time and go forward . . .so precious. That’s what your posts remind me of, Vineet. That always invitation . . .so precious. Jesus loves that, loves you. 🙂

        • ServantBoy says:

          Hi Deb,
          I know that prayer byheart because I say it so often when I’m worshipping God, not because I doubt my salvation but because those words are precious and remind me of what God saved me from and what He has purposed in me. Every week, I stand in my space in Church and pray over the body that God would help each of us to continue to submit ourselves and cleanse us that we may become more like Him day by day. Like you, I rejoice in tears when I see people accept Christ and I yearn for many like them to join our family of grace reformed sinners. It is all about Him alone!
          In Christ,
          Vineet

  3. I liked this post. I really appreciated these words:

    “I do not mean to picture God as a tyrant or someone who is heartless but I mean to picture God as gentle and caring, yet mighty and awesome, who feels for each of us individually yet works for all of mankind holistically to ensure that all goes to plan, a perfect and righteous plan.

    Moses questioned God’s plan just as we do when situations crop up in our lives but God who is sovereign over all works beyond our doubts and fears to establish His perfect will.”

    Recently I have had these two verses on my mind a lot:

    “8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

    9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145:8-9

    I am thankful that the Lord is blessing you with such wonderful glimpses of the truth and that you share them here.

    Theresa

  4. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Theresa,

    I love those verses from the Psalm that declares God’s graciousness, compassion, love, mercy and gentleness. I find it amazing that when we look at scripture, there are many stories, many characters, many issues but in everything, God comes out the victor. This morning when I was praying, I was glorifying God for the fact that I find hope in Him and not in any person of the Bible. Every person had their human flaws and some seemed better than most but the reality is that God is beyond best.

    There is much we have to learn and not much time left to learn it but God in His graciousness teaches us what He wants us to learn when we are willing to open our hearts to Him. Thank you for being a partner and family member in this business of serving the Gospel and thank you for always placing Jesus before all else in your life, as evidenced by your words.

    In Christ,
    Vineet

  5. Ann says:

    🙂

    I wish I could reply with each letter in a different colour !! “red and yellow, black and white, All are precious in His sight”

    Thank you for your kind comment, Vineet. I like it much 🙂

    Blessings to all. Let’s celebrate Him!
    Technicolour Ann

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