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Seeds of the Kingdom

A Long Journey of Faith

by Paul Watson

Moses returned to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.’
Exodus 5:22-23, NIV

God has called upon Moses to go to Pharaoh to ask him to set the Israelites free, but after his visit, Pharaoh makes things worse for the people. Far from letting the people go - they are now in a worse predicament than before! Moses comes before the Lord and cries out the words quoted above.

Moses has begun a long journey of faith! He will begin to learn about God’s plans versus his own understanding of how things should work out. He will learn about God’s timing which is not his own timing. He will learn about trust. He’s beginning to interact with God.

It’s interesting that in verse 22 Moses cries out ‘O Lord!’. Often in the Old Testament God is referred to as LORD, from the Hebrew expression Jehovah – the self existent one.

Here, however, Moses calls God Lord – from the Hebrew Adonai, meaning ‘the Lord my Lord’. Moses is using a proper name of God, with a very personal meaning. ‘O Lord my Lord!’ he cries. The foundation of the faith journey ahead is a close relationship with his God. This relationship ensures that despite circumstances, Moses knows the character of God personally, and is able to trust Him, even though God’s ways are not his ways.

Our life too is a journey of faith. There are often times when we feel that God has made things worse. We can be tempted to believe that we could have done it better than God has. The essence of faith is to resist this temptation, to wrestle with God by sharing our heart with Him, and ultimately - to put our trust in Him. And as Moses learned, God never lets us down.

Prayer: Father God, I love You. You are perfect in all Your ways. The truth is that You will not fail me nor forsake me. Please help me to trust in Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Paul Watson At the end of 2020, Paul stepped down from his role as Centre Director of Ellel Pierrepont in the UK, and with his wife Diane, returned to live in Western Australia. They are enjoying having a break and spending time with their family. Paul and Diane are still on the Board of Ellel Ministries Australia.


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