God had to repeat to Moses what He had already told him. Has this ever been YOUR experience?
I KNOW YOU CAN
Lord, will you be there with me
I gotta know, I gotta know
READ EXODUS 4:1-10
Someone once commented that one of the most encouraging things that can be said to you is, ‘You can do it!’ – the affirmation that it’s possible for you to survive, to thrive, to succeed, to achieve something of lasting worth. Another great observation that I heard was that optimists live out the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13),” and they put the emphasis on ‘all things,’ whilst pessimists live out the verse, “by myself I can do nothing (John 5:30),” putting the emphasis on ‘nothing!’
The song, “I Know You Can” is all about the trust and dependence we need to put in the Lord. Mac Powell explains the song like this: “Even though this song mentions Jesus, it’s really another song about Moses. God asks us to follow, and the only way we can really do that is if he leads us like a Father leading his children.”
It seems hard to believe that Moses would show reluctance to demonstrate trust and dependence in the Lord, yet that’s what we read in today’s Bible passage! God has to repeat to Moses what He has already told him. Has that ever been your experience? You have had a confirming or encouraging word from the Lord but you still aren’t full of enough faith to act upon it? God has to use miraculous signs to Moses to confirm the word He wants him to deliver to Pharaoh:
‘This,’ said the LORD, ‘is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.’ - Exodus 4:5
These were the first ‘signs’ given by God in the Bible, and were forerunners of the signs initially given to prophets and then to followers of Christ - signs that gave validation from God that the messengers came from Him and that the message they were delivering was from Him!
Forgive me, Lord, if I have ever doubted your presence and power in my life. Forgive me, too, if I have ever been reluctant to follow you when you have called, or reluctant to obey you when you have commanded. Help me grow my trust, my confidence, and my dependence on you.
I ask this in Jesus’s mighty name,