Protected, Pursued & Pushed

I love being a part of NewSpring Church! We continue to see God do amazing things each week and we believe that even with all that we’ve seen happen at our church that the best is yet to come.

The Best Is Yet To Come” is a core value for our staff and something we say a lot because we really believe it.  That phrase is just another way to say we have faith.  Hebrews 11:1 defines faith this way, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Faith is simply believing in the promises of God more than our current circumstances.  Sometimes this can be difficult to do because we can find ourselves in some bleak circumstances at times. One way that I have found to hold onto the truth of faith and believe that the best is yet to come is to also believe that the best has always been.

A way God increase our faith in His future promises is to remind us of His past faithfulness.  We see this so clearly in the life of Moses.  I love how God protected, pursued and then pushed Moses into his purpose.  Looking at the story of Moses, reminds me of how God has done the same for me and if you’ll look back, I believe you’ll see He’s done the same for you.

Protected

Exodus 2:5-10
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Moses was protected from certain danger before he even knew he needed protecting.  Moses was born at a time that would have seemed to be a certain end for him and before he even had a chance to try but God intentionally protected Moses.

Looking back over my life I can see very clearly how the Lord protected me from certain death – physical and spiritual – at times when I didn’t even know I needed protecting.

I bet you could say the same thing. How do I know this?  The fact that you’re reading this today means He has protected you to this point for a very specific reason.

Pursued 

Exodus 3: 1-4
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” 

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

The bible is clear that no one seeks after God.  God is the pursuer and He is relentless.

He comes after us both for our good and ultimately for His glory. Looking back over my life I can certainly say that this is not just true from what scripture says but its true based on my own experience.

Here’s what else is true for me and I bet for you. God came after me when I least expected it and in a way that I wouldn’t have expected.  He designed His pursuit specifically for me.  That’s what He did for Moses.  No one else, that I’m aware of, got a ‘burning bush’ experience with God.  I would also bet that your story, like mine, is somewhat unique and looking back we can see how God designed His pursuit specifically for us.

What was your ‘burning bush’? We can’t loose sight of how He pursued us because it protects us from feeling entitled and keeps us feeling loved. In life and especially in ministry we can never forget where we were when he saved us and where we were or what we were doing when He called us to ministry.

Pushed (into his purpose)

Exodus 3: 10-14
I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 

Why would God protect us and then pursue us if He didn’t have a purpose for us?  He saves us to use us.  Why, I really don’t know.  God doesn’t need us but He has decided that for Him to secure the most glory He will use the most needy.

The problem for us – or at least for me – is that, like Moses, I don’t really want to be used. Or, I should say, I have no real desire to be placed in tough circumstances where the odds are stacked against me and I really have to trust God for things to work out. In ministry this will be a constant, if we’re doing it right

I like loving God when everything is easy and the deck is stacked in my favor.  I think that’s how Moses liked loving God too. This is just the first of several attempts by Moses to get out of the whole “deliver my people” demand by God.

How many times do we seek to tell God why there is a better way to do something or there is someone better to use than us or that the situation is too difficult right now and that He should wait for a better time?

What I love about God is that even though He isn’t dependent on me to do anything, He stops at nothing to get me to something He has prepared (in advance) for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). Why? I am not completely sure, but I think its simply because He loves me and wants me to have the best chance possible to love Him in the biggest way possible.

The story of Moses goes on to prove that God could use Moses to do something he didn’t think he could do AND that as a result, Moses’ love for God and his relationship with God went to places he also thought weren’t possible.

The pattern of Moses’s life – is the pattern of my life – is the pattern of your life:

God’s protection – even when we can’t see it.
God’s pursuit – even when we don’t want it.
God’s pushing – even when we know we can’t do it.

Every time we say to Him, “I can’t do this…” He gently reminds us, “I know, I AM”.

God protects and pursues us to help us see that the best has always been.  He then pushes us into our purpose where we can believe that the best is yet to come!