Midweek Wake-Up, April 18th, 2018
If you were at NSC, this past Sunday, you heard Moses’ conversation with God in chapters 3 and 4. In this dialogue, Moses asks two very pertinent questions for each of our lives. He asks Who Am I & Who is God? Questions that get to the heart of our struggle for identity, and how deeply we trust in and enjoy the presence of God.
As we gathered at the bride of Christ on Sunday morning, I was again reminded of the harsh realities of life on planet earth. For many of us, the tragedy of Humboldt has been fresh on our minds. Then Sunday we prayed for those of us grieving the loss of family through death; individuals dealing with cancer; struggling marriages and a myriad of other issues we walk through on a daily basis.
As I think of the realities of life, I find our human instinct is often to jump to the why question. Wondering why the realities we face take place. Yet I believe that God wishes to take us so much deeper, into the wonder of who He is as the sovereign God over all. In Exodus 4 we’re told that God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. And many of us wonder, why? Does it really mean that God hardened his heart? Can this be true? The refrain of unfairness echoes through our ears as we dwell on this.
Yet, Exodus tells us as we read on that this is all in accordance with God’s plan. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, in order that God’s saving power could be seen as he rescues his son, Israel, His chosen one. Pharaoh’s will, lining up with God’s will, in order that the glory of God would be revealed. Which leads to the Israelites at the end of chapter 4, bowing down in worship to God as they hear this incredible news.
Philip Ryken states “God not only knew that Pharaoh would refuse to let them go – He actually ordained it – this is the paradox of divine sovereignty & human responsibility which is not a puzzle to be solved but a mystery to be adored”.
NSC, as we wake up this morning, and walk through another day on earth, where all is not always as it should be, or we wish for, how do we approach our day? As we struggle through life, are we seeking to solve the puzzle of why all is happening as it is? Or are we trusting in a sovereign God, having confidence in Him, seeing His work in our lives as a mystery to be adored?
May that be our prayer this morning,