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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

Waiting On a Promise

Moses is remembered as a mighty man of faith, yet his journey between the promise and its fulfillment, was not an easy one. It all began well, as God appeared to Moses in a burning bush, and spoke to him personally. God told him He had heard the cries of his people, and that “He had come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.” – (Exodus 3:8)

What God next told Moses, however, brought up Moses’ own insecurities, and made him question God. God told Moses that He was sending him to Pharaoh to bring His people out of Egypt, so Moses started asking questions. At first, the questions seemed practical and reasonable, yet soon, they revealed his own insecurities about his ability to speak publicly. In fact, Moses then said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” – (Exodus 4:13) God was none too pleased with Moses’ response, yet chose to answer his request by allowing his brother, Aaron, to partner with him in this endeavor.

Once Moses and Aaron had met up, and Aaron too had heard the charge from God, they went to Pharaoh and did as the Lord had asked them to do. Pharaoh did not exactly agree to what they asked. In fact, it seemed as if the promise that had been spoken, was even farther off than it had been prior to their powwow with Pharaoh. “Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?” – (Exodus 5:22)

Isn’t it easy for us to do the same thing? A promise is spoken, or a dream discovered, and we expect the fulfillment – the fruition to be found – immediately. Often, there is a long and arduous road in between a promise and it’s fulfillment. Our character is shaped and developed, as we overcome obstacles and learn to trust Him more. As we learn from the Israelites, grumbling in said deserts, often delays the promise all the more…

A promise spoken,Waiting On a Promise

the birth of a dream;

hope that is chosen,

God’s blessing, it’d seem.

Then comes the waiting,

and patience grows dim;

weariness finds us,

don’t let darkness in.

The doubt and the fear,

lay each of them down;

fix eyes on the Lord,

where fulfillment’s found.

Despite what is seen,

continue to trust;

for what He has said,

will be done for us.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to do what You say You will do. Thank You that Your timing is not our timing, nor Your ways, our ways. Thank You that You are patient and kind, and that You lovingly lead us where You call us to go, even if it takes years of wandering in the desert to reach the promised place of peace. Forgive us for our doubts, fears, and our grumbling, and help us to trust completely, despite what we see. Make us aware of Your persistent presence, and help us to be satisfied in knowing that You are at work in us. May we live in faith and love with trust, so that others may see You in us. Let those who are looking, come to know You as their Savior, soon. Be glorified, even in our waiting. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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