August 12, 2021
28 Now when the Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, 29 he said to him, “I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. 2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. 5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
6 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. 7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
Have you ever gone on a trip without completely knowing where you are going? When I was in high school, one of the deacons at our church would go on vacation that way. He was single, so he would leave work at the beginning of his vacation and see where he ended up. When I hear about his travels I thought it sounded great. An adventure where we discover the trip along the way. Then I found out that traveling with others requires that they have confidence that you know where you are going and that you have a destination in mind.
Moses is still wondering why he is being called to lead the people out of Egypt. He wonders why Pharaoh would listen to him. Yet he responds to God here by doing what the Lord commanded. He might wonder how it is all going to work out. He might still think he is not capable of doing what God asks of him. But he goes, and Aaron with him. He has at least one ally who believes what God is telling him.
Moses is about to lead on a journey where he is not certain how he is getting the people to follow him, not to mention getting the permission of Pharaoh to let them out of the country. He is not sure what route they are going to be taking. He has no plans for any stops on the way or for how to manage the physical needs of the people as they will cross a desert. He has heard God’s command – a few times now – and he is going to follow through with it. So he heads off with Aaron to see Pharaoh.
It’s not about knowing the full journey ahead. It is not about having all the plans in place to cover every contingency. It is about hearing the leading of God and following where he takes us. It is about trusting that God is leading to a good place and that he has the way, as well as the destination, figured out. And along the way we will stop and assess. We will look at plans and routes to take. But we want to always end up hearing God lead and going where he is already working for us and in us. The journey and the destination are both in his hands.
Song – I Will Follow
Eternal God, you taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we may joyfully give him praise who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.