“I Will Be with You”

Exodus 3:1–4:20

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Moses, who lived as a shepherd, tendering the flock in the desert of Midian after he left the palace of Egypt, came to Horeb, the mountain of God one day. On the trackless mountain, a bush was on fire but it did not burn up. Surprised at the strange sight, Moses went over to look. At that moment, God called to Moses from within the bush.

“Moses, do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father. I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

“God! Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? They won’t believe me or listen to me.”

God showed miracle to Moses by turning the staff that Moses was holding into a snake, and by making Moses’ hand leprous and then restored. Still, Moses could not have the courage.

“O Lord, I have never been eloquent. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

God told Moses, who kept hesitating, that his brother Aaron, who could speak well, would help him. Moses realized that God already prepared everything. So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and headed back to Egypt.

There is no perfect condition to do something in. A man who waits for the perfect situation to his own standard can do nothing forever. It is the same with storing up blessings in heaven.

When we feel lacking or anxious about our uncertain future, we come up with various excuses and sometimes we want to settle for the present. Faith is rising, shaking off fear and anxiety.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s thoughts always higher than our thoughts (Isa 55:8–9). It is difficult for us to completely understand the will of God who wants to give us eternal and infinite blessing of heaven, with humans’ limited knowledge and thoughts.

If we believe that God leads us to the most blessed way, foreseeing our future, let us cast all our anxiety on God and fulfill the mission for which we are called so that we will not lose the opportunity to store up blessings in heaven.