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Pastor Joby Soriano   /   Apr 19, 2015

Nothing is more discouraging than when we are trying to follow what we perceive as God’s plan and things seem to go from bad to worse. Let’s see how Moses handled these situations and discover the timeless principles that we can learn to handle our own difficult and discouraging times.

1. Turn my “Why” into “Who”

When we are experiencing a bad day like Moses had in Exodus 5:22-23 the first response is to ask, why? But if we want to experience a turning point in our lives we must turn to God and change our “why” to another single word question that leads to triumph, it is the word “who.” Who is my God?

Exodus 6:1-3, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land.’ God spoke further to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the Lord; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.’”

Life is not about what you and I do as much as it is about who God is and what He can do in and through us. From Moses’ perspective, things are turning into a fiasco. From God’s perspective everything is working out flawlessly. Notice that God does not reprimand, nor reject Moses for asking why. God answers the question Moses should really be asking. God answers the question of why with who.

Our problem is not that the task is too big rather it is that our view of God is too small. We should run to God when we’re in trouble; don’t run away from God. God’s will, done God’s way, will result in God’s blessings.

2. Turn to my God of “I AM” and “I Will”

To Moses God appeared as “I AM,” the God who was and is and is to come. The God of “I will be and what I will be” (Exodus 6:6-8). Moses told the Israelites all that God had told him but in spite of all of these promises from the Lord they didn’t listen (Exodus 6:9). Pharaoh had already refused Moses’ request, and now he no longer had any credibility with the Israelites. Moses was discouraged, he was frustrated, he felt helpless, but he kept coming back. And the Lord met him every time. As God reassures Moses about His person, He also reassures Moses about His promises. We must trust in His Word for God’s promises are greater than our problems

3. Turn my “How” into “Now”

In Exodus 6:10-13 Moses came to God broken, saying “God I just can't. I need You completely to do what You want me to do.” God responded in a very different way in Exodus 7:1-2. The Lord said to Moses, “Moses, everything you need to get that done, I will equip you with. I will make you as My Ambassador.” So in our circumstance today, as we face trials and challenges, God will give us His power to overcome. Just as Moses, when you know God is with you, go and do your part. Exodus 7:6, “So Moses and Aaron did it, as the Lord commanded them, thus they did.”

Finally, in Exodus 10:17 we see Pharaoh humbling himself and saying to Moses, "Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and make supplication to the Lord your God, that He would only remove this death from me."  Only God can humble a proud man like Pharaoh. That's the kind of God we have. We have an amazing God who can lift us out of our circumstances if we turn to Him (Exodus 19:4). In all of this, we must realize that God asks us to do what He enables us to achieve.

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