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I’ve been going through Genesis the past couple months reading and re-reading stories, choosing one Bible translation then switching to another.  And regardless of how many times I’ve read the Genesis account, or all of Scripture for that matter, God always reveals new truths… even through those old stories we heard over and over again as kids.

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This morning as I started reading through the story of The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), I had to laugh.  You see, it took place after the great flood when all the people of the earth were all together and spoke one language.  It was here that someone had a brilliant idea to construct a city with the greatest sky scraper ever; something everyone could see, an awesome achievement and focal point of the city, a wonder of the world…

“Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.'”   Genesis 11:4

What’s so funny about that you ask?  Well, it just struck me the gall of some people… doing something so outlandish, like building this massive tower, to make sure they wouldn’t be “dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

Doesn’t that just sound like a dare?  Yeah…what do you suppose God will do in this situation??!

 

A dear friend of mine has Trypanophobia.  It’s not what I would think of as a typical fear most girls have like spiders or snakes…  it’s the fear of injections or hypodermic needles.

She hates them.

She even had a discussion with God about them, acknowledging her fear but making sure He understood there was NO WAY she could deal with anything that had to do with needles…just don’t even go there.

Or, in other words…

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Not too long after my friend had her ‘discussion’ with God, her daughter became very sick and was eventually diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Which means that the one thing which brought such trepidation to my needle fearing friend, is now the one thing she must have intimate knowledge of.  She must keep them in her home, in her purse, at her side, in order to inject her daughter daily to provide the insulin her daughter needs to survive.

Like the people building that tower to make sure they wouldn’t be “dispersed,” God clearly had other plans.

“…the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth…”   Genesis 11:8

Now don’t get me wrong, we can’t change or coerce God’s plan for our lives by sending out a dare… if that were the case, then my ‘don’t even try to let me win the lottery’ would have ended differently and we certainly won’t doom it by admitting our weakness or fears.

But it is God and God alone who is in control and He has a fantastic, yet sometimes difficult, way of teaching us that.

Don’t dare God.  Let Him dare you.  Admit you need Him in your life, to take control of it and work through it.   It is only through our weaknesses; our addictions, our mistakes, our fears…that He can be seen most clearly.

 

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I just started reading the book of Exodus which stars a doubting, excuse making, sign wanting example of human kind.

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Moses.

Surprised??  The greatest Jewish leader… the law giver… a screw up?

He’s such a mess, not that you would know it by how people refer to him;

“In prophetic power, spiritual insight, and leadership qualifications, Moses ranks with the mightiest men who ever lived…”  Answers.com

but he is and I totally “get” him.  I love this guy!  His heart is in the right place; he longs to serve God and willing, in his mind, to serve God without reservation…but when it’s time to put the pedal to the metal he totally chokes.

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GOD: “Yo, Moses!”
Moses: “Sup?”

I’m paraphrasing a bit…but what a great response!  Moses is there, willing, waiting for his assignment…heart racing, pulse quickening, excited and eager to do whatever God asks, totally committed…  (Exodus 3:4)

GOD: “Time to for you to go get my peeps.”
Moses: “Uhhhhh…”

Until he starts thinking about it…go in front of Pharaoh after all that has happened?  NO WAY! But God’s right there encouraging and reassuring… (Exodus 3:11-12)

GOD: “You got this.”
Moses:  “Yeah, but…”

Moses starts making excuses, and God makes it real easy for him… (Exodus 3:13-22)

GOD: “Ok, this is how it’s gonna’ go down”
Moses:  “But, what if…”
GOD: “Here, I’ll work a little magic.”
Moses: “Eh.  Y’know, I don’t talk too good…”
GOD: “I’ve got your back.”
Moses: “Nah.  Hey look, there’s Aaron!”   (Exodus 4:1-13)

Really?!!

God tells Moses EXACTLY what’s going to happen!  Down to the very words he should say!  How awesome would that be?

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“Ok Nicole, here’s my plan for you.  You’ll meet your husband at 22, get married and have 4 kids and their names are… You’ll stay at home to raise them and your husband will go back to school.  He will lose his job for a time but don’t worry I’ll take care of you.  Then when he starts working again, I’ll remove that job as well…but have no fear, I am with you.  You’ll work at a dental office for a time and then I’ll provide another job for him and you will return home…”

I am such an old testament girl at heart.  To have a burning bush, or pillar of cloud?  That would be great!!  What I would give to know God’s plan for me!!  But what an example God has given us in His Word!  Moses the skeptic, the doubter…considered to be a great man of God.

There is hope for all of us!  the weak

God gave each of us gifts and talents (ok, some very much more than others) and even weaknesses to use for His glory, for His purpose.  Your stutter?  Your bashfulness?  Your big nose?  Your lack of will-power?

Yes.

It’s to reveal His power, not yours.

Next time God asks you to do something, even if it seems crazy, even if it’s something you know someone else could do better… take a breath, give Him your trust, give him your heart and offer…

“How can I use these abilities, strengths and weaknesses You’ve given me to bring You glory?”

 

 

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