I recall trying to get home in a blizzard and the Lord told me to go to an individual’s house and confront an issue that had taken place. I did not want to do this for two reasons – one it was a blizzard outside and second, I had no interest in restoring this relationship nor did I have any desire to confront. I argued with the Lord for a long period of time. Then I realized the depth of the snow that was accumulating outside. I gave in and did as the Lord asked. Despite all my rational thinking, it was the perfect timing. She was open, ready to talk, and we resolved a delicate situation. Previously she had been closed, extremely stubborn, and refused any of my suggestions to talk. Therefore, it is important to go as the Lord leads even it doesn’t make sense at the time.
I have always been intrigued with the story of Moses confronting Pharaoh. I never understood why the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart nor why Moses had to confront so many times in such drastic ways. Each time, the Lord would say, “I will show you that I am the Lord.”
Every excuse Moses gave, the Lord rebutted it and provided an option that Moses had to follow. There seemed no way out for Moses. Moses was saving a nation. Moses’ risk level was quite high too. Think about the power that Pharaoh had. All the Israelites were held in deep slavery and repeatedly pushed down. And then here comes Moses, the one who struggled with confidence, the one who could not speak on his own. Yet God sent him. Ever wonder why Pharaoh even listened to Moses and Aaron? Pharaoh’s magicians could mimic many of the same demonstrations Moses performed. Was it a game for Pharaoh or perhaps a battle between two spiritual forces?
Often the very situations we need to confront are spiritual battles. Just like Moses, we need to go by God’s direction completely or we could get hurt. Each new plague made a significant impact upon Egypt. Pharaoh’s respond of stubbornness increased after each one. He even threatened to kill Moses. Yet the Lord turned it all around. In Exodus 11, the “Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the people of Israel. And Moses was considered a very great man in the land of Egypt.”
What is more interesting is that when they left, the Lord provided for them for the took them along a different route for he knew their hearts and did not want them to turn back. “He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire.
Go as the Lord leads when he tells you to confront. Depending on the level of risk, listen, prepare, and allow the Lord to guide you every step of the way. He may take you down a different route than you expected. It is important to listen to the leading of the Lord but also do what the Lord tells you when he tells you. Remember he is working on everyone involved and knows the end before we do.
Exodus 13:22 tells us “And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or the pillar of fire from its place in front of the people. He will do the same for you.
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