Put In Your Power
Exodus 4:21 (ESV) — And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
Have you ever witnessed God use your life to impact others? Has the Lord ever used something you said, did, or started to point others to Him? I pray that all of us have experienced some tangible opportunities to see God work through our lives. I have personally been privileged to start a church that has reached and discipled many people over the years. I’ve had the chance to speak at events and gatherings to encourage believers and call people to faith. I’ve started a ministry that helps produce resources and materials to strengthen the church and disciple folks. These examples are ways that I know God has used my life for His purposes.
Our text today shows us where the power for those opportunities and experiences comes from. When God speaks to Moses about the work He is calling him to do, He tells Moses that he has given him the power to do miracles. Moses gets to see incredible things happen in and through his life. He sees plagues fall on the land. The Red Sea parts through Moses. He strikes a rock and water gushes forth from it. So many things happen through Moses where the people are shown God’s hand is on him. But the most important thing to understand about all of Moses’ actions is that the power is not Moses’, but God’s. It is God supplying the power to Moses. Without that power supplied, Moses could do nothing.
The same is true for us. We do not want to operate out of our own strength. We don’t want to rely on our giftedness or skills. We need the power of God. Only when God’s power is supplied is there a chance for real transformation and lasting fruit. We should pray daily for God to supply His power to our lives, to our labors, and that we never forget it comes from Him. If you’ve ever experienced God working in and through you, give thanks for His power supplied to you in these works. It is grace that He chooses to use imperfect people like us.
Reflection & Journal:
- How is Moses able to do all the things we read about in the book of Exodus?
- In what ways are Moses’ actions and our own ministry labors connected together?
- What should this truth of God’s power lead us to pray for each day?
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