Dealing with Doubts

Dealing with Doubts

Exodus 5:22-23  22So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? 23For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all."
Notice the conflict in verse 22? Moses is addressing the LORD (Almighty, Eternal, Jehovah) with the generic term Lord (Adonai). Literally, verse 22 could read “Moses returned to Jehovah and said, Adonai…” He addressed the All caps LORD as lower case lord.  Ever done that?
What we believe about God usually shows up in the kind of prayers we pray. Egypt was full of little “g” gods. Moses is going to get to know and experience the King of Kings the LORD of Lords, the God above all other gods but, right now he is doubting God’s sincerity. You see, God had delayed a bit. Had made some promises of deliverance for Israel that had seemed to backfire and made things worse.
Moses failed to see God’s greater purpose, and saw failure as final. Furthermore, Moses accused God of bringing evil upon His own people and failing to keep His word. We read this and are amazed that God did not strike Moses down, nor did He scold him for lack of faith. The next chapter begins with God’s patient reply to His doubtful disciple.
Exodus 6:1-2 (NKJV) 1Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land." 2And God spoke to Moses and said to him: "I am the LORD.
Isn’t that just like our God! Moses needed a few reminders and a bigger vision. God was going to do a work that needed a strong hand. This task of redemption was not an easy one or one to be taken lightly. This was a God sized task and only God could do it. Then God puts an exclamation point on Moses’ reminder in verse two. “I am the LORD.”  It is as if God is saying, “Moses, you put a generic name where a specific was required. You lowered your view of Me and you need to be reminded of “My great name that reflects My great power.”
As long as we have a small view of God, we will fail the test of faith. We will be full of doubts and we will see failures as final. However, if we can get a glimpse of the greatness of God, we will come to trust Him as LORD!

In Christ,
Pastor Joel Johns