Exodus 3: We Can Do Nothing Outside of God
As I was reading Exodus chapter 3, I have to admit that I was somewhat comforted yet slightly troubled by what God had to say to Moses.
During this chapter, God is talking to Moses from out of the burning bush, and Moses is a little bit concerned about God telling him that he will be the one to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt.
Exo 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Exo 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
I think that most of us asked the question that many of us would ask. Here is a pretty normal guy, and God is calling him to do something that is definitely out of the ordinary. He just ran away from Egypt because he is wanted as a murderer. Why did he have to go back into that situation? He wants to know what makes him the chosen one to bring Israel to the Promised Land. I think that we all have wondered that type of thing at one point or another.
Sometimes we are put into situations where we feel like there is no hope. Moses must have thought that he really had no idea how to even begin taking all of the people out of slavery. It isn’t like you can normally just walk into a country and take away all the slaves.
God gave him an answer that had absolutely nothing to do with Moses. They reason that Moses was going to be able to do this was because he had God with him. There was nothing in that statement about the character of Moses or perhaps him having a special talent for leading people.
The only reason that he was going to be able to do this was because of the power that came directly from God.
In a way, that is incredibly reassuring when you combine it probably my favorite Bible verse:
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
If God will be with us and we can do all things when He strengthens us, that should give us a lot of confidence when we approach any dilemma in our lives.
However, I mentioned above that this passage is somewhat troubling as well. A lot of us like to think that we can get by on our own strength. However, that is the message that the world is sending to us. They want us to think that we can go about our business without God and nothing will be any different. We can do everything because the world says that we are wise, strong or popular.
The Bible has strong words for us when we ignore God.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
We can do nothing of eternal significance when we are not walking with God which should make a lot of sense given what we know from another passage in Matthew.
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
So yes, this verse is incredibly comforting, and it feels good knowing that because God is with us, we can do whatever amazing thing He calls us to do. There are really no limits on God’s power. However, it is a little bit troubling when you see how far this perspective differs from what the average person in the world believes. Many do believe that we can just get by on our own, but they are sadly mistaken to say the least.