Lesson 4: God Rescues People Through People

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Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-10

Ever wonder why, when God wants something done, He calls on one of us to do it instead of just doing it Himself?

I knew a man who was burdened by the problem of pornography in our country and cried out to God: “Don’t You see what’s happening?  How long are You going to let this go on?  When are You going to do something about it?”

Then he heard God speaking those same words right back to him:  “Don’t you see what’s happening?  How long are you going to let this go on?  When are you going to do something about it?”

The man was so convicted that he started an organization to combat the problem, served on a presidential task force to deal with it, and worked for years to try to set people free from this particular bondage.

As I read about Moses and the burning bush in Exodus, chapter 3, I put myself in Moses’ shoes for a minute (except that he had taken his off, of course, as God had told him that he was standing on “holy ground”).  If I were Moses, I think I would have been fine with everything God was saying up until the last line.  Sentence after sentence, God talked about everything He wanted to do for the Israelites, then the conversation took a sharp turn:

“I am the God of your fathers…” 

“I have seen the misery of my people…” 

“I have heard them crying out…” 

“I am concerned about their suffering…” 

“I have come down to rescue them…” 

“So now go. I am sending you…to bring my people…out of Egypt” 

What?!?!  I was with You God up until that last line!  If You’re God, if You see their misery, if You’ve heard them crying out, if You’re concerned about their suffering, if You’ve come down to rescue them, then why don’t You do it!  You could do this way better than I could!

No doubt, God was certainly involved.  There’s no way Moses could have caused the plagues, split the Red Sea, or made the Egyptians gladly give the Israelites all their gold and jewels on their way out of town.  But for some reason, God called on Moses to be involved.  He told Moses what He was planning to do, then invited Moses to “jump into the story.”  It’s scary, but exciting, that God would let us take part in what He’s trying to do on the earth.

The lesson I get out of this is that God likes to rescue people through people.  He wants us to be His hands, His feet, His eyes, His ears, His mouth.

A few friends asked me to come pray for a man who was dying of cancer.  He was way too young to be on his death bed, and he let me know it.  He had a lot of questions for God, saying, “God, what are You doing?”  “Why are You doing this to me?” and “Where are You, God?”

I understood what He was saying, but I said, “If you want to know where God is, look around this room!  You’ve got five people standing here by your bedside,  praying for you, holding your hand, and talking to you.  He’s all around your bed!  God lives in us and works through each one of us by His Holy Spirit.”

Maybe you’re reading these words today and thinking, “That’s nice for that guy in his bed, but there’s no one talking to me.  Where is God for me?”  Well, I’m talking to you right now!  As you read these words, I hope you’ll be able to hear the voice of God in them for you, too, because He wants to tell you something, too:  “I love you, I care about you, and you know what? I want to use you, too!”

Why does God use people to rescue people?  The Apostle Paul says it this way:

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20). 

Let God use you to do His will today.

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