Give Me A Sign
Shark Tank is a popular show in which products are pitched to a panel of investors with each entrepreneur hoping to get a lucrative investment in their company. It would be folly to go before the “sharks” with a product or idea and no proof of concept. Before an investor will invest their money, they need proof: proof that there is a demand for the product, proof that the product will sell, proof that the entrepreneur knows what he/she is talking about, etc. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the proof.
In the book of Exodus, God speaks to Moses through a burning bush, giving him the monumental task of standing before Pharaoh and delivering God’s message to release the Israelites into freedom. Moses has many questions and doubts, which he voices to God.
“But Moses protested to God, ‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?’ God answered, ‘I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.’” (Exodus 3:11-12)
It is only after he has obeyed, only after he has stepped out in faith and obedience, that he will receive this sign from the Lord. Have you ever had a hindsight moment where you look back and realize God was in the situation the whole time? When you were in the midst of everything, it might have been hard to see that God was with you but when you got to the other side, you could look back and see He was there the entire time. That’s what God is saying: once you do this, you’ll come here and worship and that will be your sign that I was with you, orchestrating the whole time.
Remember, Pharaoh would agree to let the people go and then change his mind over and over again. It was a rollercoaster of a time and would have been easy for Moses to lose faith, but God promised success from the beginning: “When you have brought the people,” not “if.” So often we want proof or guarantees before we will step out in faith and obedience. Like the investor with an entrepreneur standing before him, we want proof before we act. God’s sign was a guarantee for it clearly declared that Moses would indeed bring the people out of Egypt, but Moses still focused on his fears and insecurities in the face of God’s calling.
Moses’ fear was that people back in Egypt may still remember what he did and want to kill him, and his insecurity was with his ability to speak. Does that sound familiar? The Lord asks you to step out in faith and the only thing you can focus on is your fear and insecurities. We can probably all relate to that to one degree or another at varying times in our lives, but God doesn’t give up on Moses: He arranges for his brother Aaron to go with him and speak for him, overcoming Moses’ insecurity with his speech. As for the fear Moses had of those who might still remember what he did in Egypt and might still want to kill him:
“Before Moses left Midian, the Lord said to him, ‘Return to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you have died.’” (Exodus 4:19)
God addressed Moses’ insecurities and He took away his reason to fear. He will do the same for you, too. God may ask you to step out in faith and the sign might not come until after you have obeyed. If you have fears, His perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18) and if you have insecurities, trust that He will address them and take care of them. He was with Moses in every moment and He promises to be with us, just the same. If God asks you to step out in faith, hold on to His promises. Here are just a few of those promises: “Be strong and courageous” (Deuteronomy 31:6) “and fear not, for I am with you;” (Isaiah 41:10) “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9) “and is always with you, even to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.