When God Calls Us to Come
Christians talk a lot about God’s perfect timing. God is never late. He is patient with a purpose. He is always right on time. What does that mean for us and what does that have to do with God’s call on our lives? It is simple: When God calls us to step into something that makes us uncomfortable, the perfect timing is NOW!
I remember when God called me to step into something scary, uncertain, and uncomfortable. He called me to step outside of my comfort zone and move across the country. From the time that God laid the calling on my heart until when that calling was realized was only a matter of a few weeks! Moving so quickly when the perfect timing is immediate feels a lot like being hit by a freight train. The freight train of urgency does not slow down so that I can adjust to the transition. Sometimes it does not even slow down so that we can mentally prepare for the next step! In fact, the freight train of urgency does not even stop, it just grabs us and continues onto the next step in God’s plan!
It keeps moving because every step of the perfect timing of God’s plan is laid out in perfection. It is not just the end result that is on time, every single step of the process is on time too!
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Reading: Exodus 3-4:17
Moses has so many questions, so many concerns, and so many excuses. When the freight train of urgency spoke to him from the burning bush, he dug in his heels in fear. God had heard the cries of His people and He began to do something about their cries for relief. God was going to deliver His enslaved people from the hands of the Egyptians. God had shared His plan and now He needed Moses to come along on this amazing ride!
Moses was afraid. He shared his fears, reservations, and uncertainty with God. God kindly and gently revealed who He was to Moses.
What does Moses’ story teach us about God’s goodness and kindness?
God, in his kindness and goodness, never abandoned Moses. Moses had dug his heels in in fear. That freight train of urgency was there in the words that came from the burning bush. With those words of urgency, came the words “Come.” (Exodus 3:10) I can’t help but notice that God didn’t tell Moses to GO, but He called Moses to “come.” Moses was meant to come along with God on a journey that God was already on. Yet, Moses misses this, questioning how he would go to Pharaoh and free the people himself.
Can you identify with what Moses was going through? Maybe God is calling you to step outside of your comfort zone to take on a monumental task. God is not calling us to take these steps in obedience alone. He is calling us to take these steps of obedience with eyes of faith that see that He is with us.
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Moses had to follow God to lead His people. We are not in charge of the plan, God is. For Moses to lead according to God’s plan and perfect timing, Moses had to stick close to God, listen and obey His instruction, and continue following the Master. We see God’s goodness here because our plans would never measure up to His perfect plan for humanity and for each of us individually. No matter how we plan, God is wiser than we are, God sees further than we can, and God understands ALL of the pieces that are at play. Our wisdom, vision, and ability to fully see the plan is so limited. God’s kindness affects all of us. His kindness rescued Israel from slavery and it would lead them into the promised land.
Moses learned first hand about God’s friendship, providence, and leadership. Making any journey without God is lonely, scary, uncertain. God’s goodness shows up simply by being faithful to the mission and to Moses. God did not leave Moses to this monumental work. In kindness, God not only led Moses to lead His people. He introduced Himself and proved who He truly was. Moses would be leading a people who did not fully trust in God. As Moses journeyed in obedience, he saw that God’s presence, leadership, and friendship were unmistakable. Why else would Moses take offense at Israel’s disobedience and disregard for God?
God did not abandon the Israelites in Egypt and He did not abandon us to our sin. God raised up Moses to be the leader who would lead His people out of Egypt. God sent His son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be lead out of slavery and into freedom. In His wisdom, He chose the right time to bring all of us out of slavery and into freedom. In His goodness, He shows Himself faithful and loving. In His kindness, He shows us His heart for humanity. His actions prove that there is so much more to God than our world understands.
I am so thankful for this!