The other day one of by Covenant Brothers texted me, “Why did God want to kill Moses?” I thought to myself, “that’s an interesting question.” Not only was that an interesting question, but I did not remember where that was. Of course my brother told me; Exodus 4:24. I read it and sure enough, God wanted to kill Moses. It almost floored me. I never thought that God wanted to kill Moses. I mean, IT’S MOSES!!! As the shock wore off I started to think about the passage and the story as it correlated with the rest of the chapter thinking that it would give me a good context for the passage. Problem! The story of God wanting to kill Moses comes out of left field. I mean God just gave Moses this huge mission of standing up to Pharaoh and rescuing Israel from Egypt and the next moment God wants to kill Moses. What do you do with that???
This got me thinking. How do you handle situations that come out of left field? Life seems to be going normal and “WHAM” a curve ball comes at you almost hitting you in the head. This had to be one of those curve ball moments for Moses. I think all of us can empathize with Moses. What troubles me the most is when God throws you a curve ball. It is one thing to have humans or human situations come from no where, but when God comes out of no where and shakes things up in your life, what do you do?
In my Study at the church, above my desk is a picture that Jessica gave me. It quotes Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” This is a great answer to those moments. Now this passage is pretty vague, but it has a lasting impact. Now it does not say you will know what is going on, or that God will explain everything to you. All it states is to trust. The problem we have is, trust ain’t easy. In fact I would claim as a whole that trust is one of humanities biggest problems.
Trust has a lot to do with control and we never want to be out of control. We usually believe that a mature person is someone who has it all figured out and is in control of their lives. This may be truth in general, but as I have matured in my faith I have found almost the opposite. The closer I grow toward Christ the less control I have. This does not mean I am out of control, but that I have given the control over my life to God. This is why the passage says to “trust in the LORD with all your heart.” It is in our hearts that our trust is given. Think about it. When someone breaks my trust I am deeply hurt. In fact the deepest wounds we have in our lives is a result of broken trust. So when we trust someone it is giving a piece of our hearts to them. In return we have faith in that person to guard our hearts from damage. This is why we have so many problems trusting others because we do not want to give them that much control of our lives.
As we can see FAITH is all about trust. This is why faith is so powerful. True faith is giving someone control over our hearts. So when scripture speaks about faith in Christ it is truly talking about giving all control of our lives to Him. We are saved through faith because in our faith we believe that God will never break that trust. God will never destroy that trust. God will never use that control to abuse us. We put our faith and trust in God because we believe that God is love and that God is for us! So what do we do with the curve ball moments? WE TRUST!!!
We trust that God will lead us through! We trust that God is with us! We trust that God will give us the answer! We trust that God will make all things new! We trust that “all things work for good for those who love the LORD”! We trust God with our lives! We trust that even if we die, we will live! We trust that GOD LOVES US!!! Trust ain’t easy, but it’s worth it. And just like when you get hit in the head with a curve ball, you always get to first base…