In the world but not of it

June 8, 2010

The other side…

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God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” Exodus 3:12

I would think that most people, when asking God for a sign, would expect it before taking a step in order to have confirmation. After all, this is the purpose for having a sign to begin with, right?

I know that when I am facing certain decisions or unknown situations I ask the Lord for some confirmation or evidence of His will simply because I don’t want to do anything apart from Him but here in our text Moses is faced with a slightly different scenario. God is saying go do what I am asking of you and when you have done it and you are back here then that will be your sign that I was with you to begin with…

This is not really what I would call a sign but we need to look at the source. “God answered, “I will be with you”…knowing what we know about God there is no greater assurance or guarantee. God may ask things of us that are completely contradictory to what we are expecting or seeking Him about, but we have the full assurance that no matter how extreme or seemingly impossible the request is, He is always able to fulfill it through us and get us to the other side. In Matthew we see where “he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake” (Matthew 8:18).

Jesus knew what was waiting for them along the way to the other side but notice what it says a few verses later…”Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples” (Matthew 8:23). The key for us here is that Jesus not only instructed his disciples to do something but He went with them planning to be there the entire way.

This is the Lord we serve. He will ask of us things that may seem difficult and tough to bear but He is in the boat with us and our sign will be that we will make it to the other side.

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