Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 5:4
“After this Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival in the wilderness.’”
How did they do it? Where did they find the courage?
The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is that they didn’t do it – God did.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. Moses and Aaron must have been extraordinary individuals at some level. (Although you can make a good argument that God does His best work with the weakest of vessels.)
My point, however, is that God must have been so at the center of their lives – so much in control of what was unfolding, not just for them but for all those involved – that their own ability, or lack of it, mattered little.
I think that often we find the courage to do God’s work in the world when we, for lack of a better way of saying it, just “get out of the way.”
When we are willing to become instruments of God’s redeeming work, when we are willing to become servants in some great, broader plan than we could ever imagine ourselves – that is when nothing can deter us.
Fear has no place in the great undertakings of God.
And courage, it comes not from within, but from the source of all there is and all there ever will be.
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh not because they wanted to – but because the great “I AM” sent them.
And ultimately, in the face of that, how could they fail?
Prayer: Almighty God, fill me with courage, to do your will. AMEN.