God’s Plan Often Involves Using Us to Participate in the Solution: Our Excuses and God’s Reply

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I have been studying through Exodus over the last week or so and I have been struck by how God interacts with the world to bring about His sovereign will. The first thing you notice in Exodus is that God is very interested in the happenings on this world. God hears the cry of the oppressed. There are two sets of verses in Exodus 2 & 3 that show God’s responsiveness to the cry of his people.
Exodus 2:23-25
“23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he
remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.



Compare that to Exodus 3:7-9
“7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have 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. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them”


There are a lot of similarities here, as you can see. Another connecting word is the word “deliver” that appears here in 3:8 also appears in 2:19 when Moses delivers the ladies from the shepherds. It seems Moses was already practicing for a job he didn’t know God had for him.


Here is the very next, shocking, verse in Exodus 3,
“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – 3:10


God will come and deliver and sometimes (often, even) He will involve us in the process. God tells Moses at the burning bush that He has heard and seen the injustice and He is going to come down and deliver his people. Then God tells Moses to go and talk to Pharaoh about that! Moses then gives God five reasons that run through chapters 3 and 4 why that just won’t work out well and to each one God gives a sufficient answer.


God is paying attention and so should we. God will deliver people and we should partner with him in that even if it is just a small group of people in a remote place where no one is watching all the way up to whole nations. God is interested in it all and we should be interested in participating with God in bringing justice and reconciliation wherever and whenever we find opportunity.
How is God trying to involve you in being part of the solution to the problems in the world around you? How often do we make excuses and how adequate do you think God’s reply to our excuses would be?

One Response

  1. Often in the cases where the Jews brought what is called free will offerings, God used the materials offered by man. In reality God expected man to be in the process, because the process was often in favor of man.

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