“God is fighting for us”. Have you ever experienced this reality firsthand in your life? If not, do you believe that He does? In Exodus 5-11, we witnessed God’s relentless move to rescue His people from oppression in Egypt, and this was done so through a series of plagues. It is an exciting episode filled with signs and wonders. Beyond the physical manifestation though is the display of God’s zealousness and fierce love for His people. He is not a passive God who will sit back and let His people fight for freedom alone; He will move by His mighty hand and outstretched arm. At the same time, we can also discover that behind glorious signs and wonders is an invitation to obedience and faith even in the face of opposition.
Read Exodus 5-11.
The 10 Plagues and their significance.
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a. When reading that God is fully aware of Pharaoh’s heart condition, it seems as if God is the one responsible for setting up or allowing the adversary or resistance against Moses, His chosen deliverer.(i) Why do you think God would orchestrate or allow such opposition against His own people and against His plans?
In the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews 11), Moses is given a high evaluation in verses 24-27: “By faith Moses… considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.”
The Christian walk will not always be a smooth ride. As ones who are set apart as ‘sojourners and exiles’ of the world, we should not be surprised when obstacles and opposition arise as we try to do God’s work and walk in a manner worthy of His calling for us. When these come, what do we set our hope on? What is our reason for endurance and joy in the midst of hardship? Negative emotions are not bad, and as we see from the scripture, God welcomes them when Moses expresses himself. However, how do we ensure that the negative emotions do not turn into an offense against Him?
Talk to God about the difficulties and obstacles you are facing in your life. Ask for His grace and gentleness to help you be honest about your true feelings regarding these obstacles, and invite Him to reveal His heart towards you in these areas.