The Effectiveness of God's Way
Yesterday we observed the ineffectiveness of Moses' attempt to liberate his people from Egyptian slavery, but today we see him given a second chance to do it God's way. If we could learn the lessons Moses learned about the dangers of self-reliance and the advantages of depending on the Lord, we would save ourselves much hardship.
When we choose to cooperate with God and submit to His way, He will do amazing things in and through us. Despite Moses' past failure, the Lord still used him to accomplish the divine plan, but only after he became usable—that is, humbled and broken of self-will. Just consider what God achieved when Moses did it His way.
• He showed what great things He could do through one yielded, dependent person.
• He got more done in less time, and with fewer resources. There was no insurrection or long, drawn-out war—just a dramatic display of His power.
• He proved the superiority of His way by freeing over two million people without the loss of a single Hebrew life.
• He sent impoverished slaves out of bondage with their captors' riches (Ex. 3:21-22).
• He proved to both the Israelites and the Egyptians that He alone is the God of heaven and earth.
• He received all the glory.
Our past failures never prevent God's willingness or ability to use us. In fact, our weakness is a great opportunity for the display of His glory. In our own strength, we are totally ineffective. But when we submit to the Lord's authority, we can experience His victory in whatever He calls us to do.
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* / Our past failures never prevent God's willingness or ability to use us. In fact, our weakness is a great opportunity for the display of His glory. In our own strength, we are totally ineffective. But when we submit to the Lord's authority, we can experience His victory in whatever He calls us to do. /* --Dr. Charles Stanley
This is true. Thank you sharing this message with us. There are numerous examples of God's incredible power throughout the Bible. There is victory in him alone--and it is total and complete--over death, sin, suffering and destruction. Nothing is impossible when we submit to God in humility and obedience, letting him use us for his ends. I find much encouragement in this verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4.13 | NKJV).
We are loved by Jesus just exactly as we are--foibles, faults and failures. We worship a God who is never stumped by our limited capacities and bad choices. Humility is required on our part to acknowledge this profound and eternal truth. As improbable as it might seem, we are sometimes called by Jesus to the totally overwhelming, and the seemingly impossible work of leading people to Christ. If we surrender to him, place our hope and trust in him, he will fill us with his absolutely astonishing grace. He will transform our fear into action so that we can confidently and joyfully follow and serve him.
But, let me add this. God is not limited to the spectacular and the dazzling display of his power. Jesus came to meet us where we are in the reality of our lives as they really are. He came with a strong, clear message: God loves us and cannot bear to see us separated from God and from one another. So Jesus came that we might be reunited with God. To do that, he had to go to the cross. It was not glamorous; it was not super hero power that we see in Jesus on the cross. Rather, it's the loving, reconciling power expressed when Jesus says: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23.34 | NKJV) It was in the real life and death of Jesus that God delivered the most important message ever to humanity. And it was in his resurrection, the greatest event in history, of truly spectacular proportion, that the message was ratified for all eternity.
Let us take note of the humility and obedience of our Savior to the Father and incarnate these Christ-like attributes in our lives.
As the Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Philippians: "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus... Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant. In becoming human, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (NASB).
"And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love" (2 John 1:6 | NIV).
"Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness"