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Exodus 4 – Go! Do!

What would you do if God spoke to you on a personal level?  How would you respond if God came to you, speaking to you through a burning bush that was never consumed?  MercyMe in their song I can Only Imagine poses these questions;

Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus,
Or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence,
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Halelluja,
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine!

So what does Moses do in this situation?  Well, he says, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?…”  In spite of seeing the Glory of God and coming into His presence, Moses doubts and makes excuses!  Here he is speaking to God, and all he can do is give reasons why he can’t do what God is telling him he will do!  Moses says, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent… for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”  God’s response?  “Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the Lord?”

So God comes to Moses in a piece of His glory, and all Moses can do is make excuses?  I’m not surprised that God’s anger burned against him!  I think mine would too.

It’s easy to turn around and be shocked and confused by how Moses could act this way.  It’s easy to blame Moses for his reaction, but don’t we do the same  thing?  Doesn’t God come to us day after day?  Don’t we have the ability to meet and talk with God as a man talks with his friend?  Doesn’t God talk to us daily through His Word, the Bible, and His Holy Spirit?  And how do we respond?  “Oh, those commands don’t apply to me.”  “That’s old testament law and doesn’t apply today.”  “That’s just my imagination / conscience and not God trying to tell me something.”  “If i go and talk to that person about God,  they will just think that i’m a Bible thumper.”  “Oh, I’ll let someone else do that.”  “I know God wants me to love everyone, and tell them that He loves them, but i just don’t like them and i need to show them God’s love before i can tell them.  So i need to wait until his Holy Spirit works in my heart and changes how i feel about them and towards them before i go and talk to them.”

So what are your excuses?  I’ve already told you some of mine.  What excuses and idols are you putting before God as “reasons” why you can’t do what He calls you to do?

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Genesis 15 – Covenant

Everything changes… again.  God has taken the promise that He made to Abram and has taken it a step further.  This is not God’s first promise, nor even His last.  God has made many promises throughout the scriptures and in individual lives, and He always fulfills them.  But this is a bit different.

A promise is something that you make to someone.  It is a fact; “I will… to/for you.”  The honoree honors his promise because he made it.  It becomes valid due to the validity of the name and honor of the one who makes the promise.  If it is broken, it destroys the honor, name, and respect towards the one who made the promise.   Ultimately, a promise is a one-way street.  Two people may make promises to one another, but those promises are both one-way.

A covenant, on the other hand, is something you make WITH someone.  It is a relationship; “I desire… with you.”  The covenant maker honors his covenant because of the relationship.  It becomes valid due to the other person, and the validity of the relationship.  If it is broken, it destroys not only the honor, name, and respect towards the one who made the promise, but also the trust and relationship between the people and thereby the relationship with the self.  Ultimately, a covenant must be a two-way street.  A covenant broken not only destroys the relationship with the other, it also destroys the relationship with the self.

Covenant’s should never be made lightly, and the breaking of a covenant will always do as much (if not more) damage to the self as to the other.  At the same time, a covenant is the fulfillment of what it means to be a man (or woman).  We were formed and created for relationship.  We were designed for covenant.  In our very nature and purpose is a desire and need for covenant.  Covenant with God, but also with other people: “It is not good for man to be alone.”

Are we people of promise, or of covenant?  Do we exist for our relationships, or do our relationships exist for us?  God made covenant with Abram, and Abram with God.  We are a people of that covenant when we pursue (and are pursued by) God.  Have you pursued God today?

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