By Brooke Holt
"Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshipped." Exodus 4:29-31 (“The Great ‘I AM’ Study Reading: Exodus: 4:18-31)
Just as God promised, Aaron met Moses on his journey back to Egypt. What a reunion they must have had as Moses revealed the Lord’s plan, and the role God had for his brother to play. Unlike Moses, Aaron willingly accepted his call and agreed to serve as God’s mouthpiece. The brothers gathered the Israelites and delivered the message the Lord had relayed to Moses: God had not forgotten his people! He remembered his covenant with their forefathers. He had heard their cries and seen their pain. And he had a plan for their deliverance.
What an amazing gift those words must have offered after years of suffering and torment! Now the question remained: would the Israelites accept it? Many of them had likely adopted the pagan gods and practices that surrounded them in Egypt. Some might have felt forsaken by God and turned away from him in anger and frustration. Others might have fallen into such deep despair they had abandoned belief in a divine power altogether. But something incredible happened that day: hope was restored to the nation of Israel. The people heard, and believed God remembered them, that he had always been with them. And they bowed their heads in worship.
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief as the Israelites discovered they were not alone. God might not send messengers to our front door, but he still assures us of his presence: through the Word, the people around us, the blessings in our lives, the Holy Spirit, and the miracle of our very existence. It is not always easy to recognize his work in this fallen world. Like the Israelites, we often get mired down in our own pain or drawn away from the Lord by earthly pursuits. We forget we are the precious children of a faithful and steadfast God. By focusing on him, rather than ourselves and our circumstances, we open our eyes and hearts to all he is doing around us. Are you prepared to hear God’s message, to believe he remembers and loves you?
How has God reassured you of his presence and power in your life? Are there any influences that lead you away from worship of the one true God? What new thing do you think God wants to do in your life today? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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Come explore the grand story of God as the one who knows and loves his people. In one of the greatest love stories ever told, The Book of Exodus reveals God as Yahweh, the Great “I AM.” He is the transcendent, all-powerful creator of all things who defeated the greatest powers of the earth. This same God would have his people know and love him in an intimate and personal way. The Great “I AM” – A Study of the Book of Exodus is a 9-week study consisting of a small group study guide combined with weekly video teachings. Come and meet The Great “I AM”.
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