Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5
When Pharaoh (Rameses II) forgot about Joseph’s work in rescuing the Egyptians from the ravages of the famine four centuries prior, he brought about another “famine”–he forgot about the God of Joseph and the Israelites living in the land of Goshen. Yet, just as God brought Joseph to rescue the Egyptians, He would now bring about another rescuer in Moses.
God always has an eye on His people. Always. And as God protected Moses from the genocide initiated by Pharaoh, so He would protect the rest of His people through the upcoming Exodus–but not due to their obedience but in spite of their disobedience. Moses, seeing the injustice happening among the Egyptians toward God’s people, sought to be that instrument–but it wasn’t the right time. The time would come forty years later in that burning bush moment.
Look at this beautiful passage in Exodus 2:23-25:
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
God sees His people. God knows their situation. And more amazingly, God sends rescuers and reminders. He will deliver His people from their persecution and into the Promised Land. No, the rescuers (like Moses) do not see how they could do that nor believe they are up for the job. Well, he wasn’t. Yet, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (the I AM WHO I AM) is more than able!
Our burning bush moment is seeing how God is good, able, and faithful; and that we are not; but He can and will use us anyway! Have you had this burning bush moment?