April 30, 2019

 

UNQUALIFIED
Stephen Heleman

You don't have to read much of the Bible to quickly see that it is full of broken and flawed people. There are people that seem unqualified to ever do anything for God, yet God works through them anyway. In this sermon series, we will spend several weeks looking at how God gives us hope because he works through unqualified people. One of those people is Moses. To understand Moses, we first need to back up and understand the journey from Joseph to Moses.

The Journey from Joseph to Moses

You can read the full story of Joseph here.

Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham, had a very interesting life. It was full of difficulties, but as Genesis 39:23 says, "...because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed." Because of God's blessings through Joseph, the Israelites prospered and grew in Egypt for four hundred years, until...

Exodus 1:8-17
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves. 15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.

Because of the insecurities of the new king, the fate of the Hebrew people could have been horrific. Thank God for people who fear God more than they fear man. The midwives refused to obey the king and obeyed God instead. God works when we do the right thing, even when others don't.

In this first chapter, it seems that there is no hope for the Israelites; if they are God's chosen people, why would He let them suffer this way? God is up to something big. 

The Danger of Comfort

Genesis 50:24
And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

God never intended for the Hebrew people to stay in Egypt. Life was good for them there, but He had something better for them. Good was keeping them from God's best. How often do we get comfortable and settle for something good, when we could have God's best? But, life is not always good or comfortable. In the moment that life falls apart, we hope for something better. It is in that moment that we need to seek God's best.

Seek God's Best

  • Stop being satisfied. Don't settle for good; pick one area of your life, your marriage, your family, your career, or your finances, and ask, "What is God's best for me in this?"
  • Live in fear. Choosing to reject God has eternal consequences. Do you fear temporary discomfort here on earth more than eternal separation from God? 

There are good things about life in this world, and we should enjoy them, but don't let the good of this world keep you from God's best. Reflect on your life and ask yourself,  "What is my next step to reach God's best?"

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