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Self-Doubt Continues

Yesterday I said that the "rest is history" but let's take a moment to see two further pieces of this puzzle of self-doubt in Moses. Moses did feel alone and the pressure he felt was so great that he asked God to "send anyone else." (Exodus 4:13) Moses and God then had a discussion in which God suggested he work with Aaron, his brother, to talk to Pharaoh. God said, "Talk to him [Aaron], and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do." (4:15) Notice that God did not stop using Moses, just added someone to help him in what he felt was his deficit. So, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to demand that the Hebrews be released and the result was that the Hebrew work got harder as their slave drivers no longer gave them straw for the bricks they were making. Their Israelite foremen were whipped because they failed in meeting quotas. And, they confronted Moses and Aaron saying, "May the Lo…

Self-Doubt

How do you feel about starting new things? Some of us choose to not start new things. We remain satisfied with what we have therefore not willing to press our status. Others of us jump into new things without thinking and crash soon after. But there are those who go through the process of deciding well and jump into new things when the head, heart and hands are ready. What is the biggest problem in this process? Self-doubt. Here we look at Moses, for he is a clear example of the battle to push out of our comfort zones, accept new things and thrive in them. Moses was trained for forty years in all the knowledge of Egypt yet knew that wasn't enough. His passion for his own people was brought to bear in the wrong way by stepping into the role as leader before it was granted by the people. That led him to flee for his life to the wilderness. His opportunity seemed to now be over. The door was closed. The rest of his life would be a desert. But God came to Moses at the burning bush. This…

Pressure

Why did God allow the Jews to experience great pain in the land of Egypt? Joseph had brought his father and his eleven brothers and their families down to Egypt and Pharaoh had given them the best of the land. They had lived there and prospered for a long time until a Pharaoh arose that did not know the story of Joseph nor respect the people of Israel. What the Egyptian ruler saw was non-Egyptians rapidly growing within their borders. These people, Israelites, had become "extremely powerful and filled the land." (Exodus 1:7) So, out of fear of the Israelites siding with their enemies, they made them slaves, appointing brutal slave drivers over them. They wanted to wear them down with crushing labor. But the more they oppressed them the more they multiplied and spread. They were like a bad disease. So, they worked them without mercy; made their lives bitter. They were ruthless in their demands of them. But why was God allowing this? The answer is that pressure and dissatisfacti…

Night Sky

There is nothing more beautiful than viewing the night sky. I did some backpacking when I was younger and at the close of a day of exhausting hiking, we would prepare a meal and sit around the fire. Then, the sun would drop over the horizon and the night would reveal the sky as full of stars sending out their message. What was that message? The Psalmist said, "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world." (Psalm 19:1-4) Paul said, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (Romans 1:20) Paul stood up in Athens before a meeting at t…

Obtaining a Clear Conscience

We spoke yesterday about resolving hurts you have received and hurts you have given as obtaining a clear conscience. That is "the ability in reviewing your life to determine that there is nothing you have done to offend or hurt anyone that you haven't been willing to go and confess your wrong and seek forgiveness. Or no one has hurt you and you have not dealt with it. So, if you wanted to do this, how would you go about it? First, you have to clearly understand what has been done; to gain perspective on how you hurt someone or how you were hurt by someone. It helps to write down your thoughts and organize them till they are clear on what happened. Second, pray over the story you have reviewed and ask God for the opportunity to clear it up and to be humble throughout the process. Third, write out what you want to say in one brief paragraph. In the case of being the one who hurt another, set a time to speak with them by phone or in person. Then, call or come to them and say, &quo…