Last we were together, my daughter and her friends were headed to the blue ski runs of Snowshoe Mountain. They had left me behind on the green runs. My daughters new found confidence found its way to the blue slopes and the next day, to the black slopes. However, God provided a great teacher and protector in an experienced skier and trusted friend.
I had only heard about the black runs of Snowshoe. I would never experience them first hand and that was perfectly fine with me. I knew my daughter would be with several experienced black run skiers, so I wasn’t overly worried about it. Besides, what was the worst thing that could happen? Broken leg, perhaps a broken arm? I knew I couldn’t hold her back because of the fear and uncertainty I was feeling.
How many times do we hold back because of fear and uncertainty? How many times do we hold someone else back because of our fear and uncertainty?
I am reminded of the story in Exodus where God instructs Moses to go before Pharaoh and demand he let the Israelites go. Moses’ fear and uncertainty began to take center stage in Chapter 4. Take a look:
“Moses answered again, “And if they do not believe me or pay attention to me, but say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you’?” 4:2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 4:3 The Lord said, “Throw it to the ground.” So he threw it to the ground, and it became a snake, and Moses ran from it. 4:4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and grab it by the tail” – so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand – 4:5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 4:6 The Lord also said to him, “Put your hand into your robe.” So he put his hand into his robe, and when he brought it out – there was his hand, leprous like snow!4:7 He said, “Put your hand back into your robe.” So he put his hand back into his robe, and when he brought it out from his robe – there it was, restored like the rest of his skin! 4:8 “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the former sign, then they may believe the latter sign. 4:9 And if they do not believe even these two signs or listen to you, then take some water from the Nile and pour it out on the dry ground. The water you take out of the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.” 4:10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not an eloquent man, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 4:11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave a mouth to man, or who makes a person mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 4:12 So now go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you must say.” 4:13 But Moses said, “O my Lord, please send anyone else whom you wish to send!””
Sometimes we stand there and give several reasons why we feel we aren’t capable of doing something. Most of those reasons, I submit are due to our fear and uncertainty.
In looking back at the passages however, I think it’s safe to say, God tells Moses as well as shows him that He will be there with Him when he goes before Pharaoh.
We’ll look at this subject more later. Until then, let’s pray.
Father, thank you for being our strong tower, our protector and provider. Thank you for reminders each and every day that you are with us. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Standing on the promises of God,