"The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Psalm 12:6
Text: Exodus 6 : 1
Moses turned to the Lord in despair because he was badly affected by the reaction of the people he was trying to lead out of Egypt (Cf. Exodus 5:22-23). Little did he know that all that he was experiencing was part of the curriculum that the Lord had drawn up for him! There were many lessons that Moses had to learn before he could lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
RE-LEARNING BASIC LESSONS
God was not discouraged even if Moses was! He knew exactly what He was doing. This was one of the lessons that Moses needed to learn! He may not know everything but God does. He may not be in control of the situation, but God is! His own personal plans may have gone askew, but not God’s!
“Then the LORD said to Moses,
‘Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh.
For with a strong hand he will let them go,
and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.'”
1. Ministry is about what God will do
“Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh…” Exodus 6:1
The servant of the Lord must understand this truth well. Serving the Lord may involve human agents, but ultimately, it is God Himself who will bring things to pass! When a person gets too caught up with what he is doing, he may lose perspective and that is detrimental to his personal well-being. If he learns this lesson well, he will never be perturbed by his surroundings, even if they are very bleak! God is the Main Player in any ministry, never man!
2. Ministry Outcome has already been ascertained
“With a strong hand he will let them go…”
The servant of the Lord must learn how to exercise his faith as he serves. God does not always reveal everything He is going to do but the outcome is still guaranteed! All too often, the servant of the Lord wishes to see immediate and visible results. But that is not necessarily the best approach to take. It is far wiser to exercise great trust in God and His word of promise.
THE PURE WORD OF GOD
God had already explained to Moses that He would cause the children of Israel to be released from their bondage. The Lord took great pains to explain to Moses that Pharaoh would resist God’s power. But at the end, God’s Word would prevail. The wise servant of God learns that he must cultivate an even greater sense of trust in the word of God. Each time discouragement comes, he must return to God’s word and dwell on it.