Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” (6:1)

‘God’s chosen servants must expect opposition and misunderstanding, because that’s part of what it means to be a leader; and leaders must know how to get alone with God, pour out their hearts, and seek His strength and wisdom. Spiritual leaders must be bold before people but broken before God (see Jer 1) and must claim God’s promises and do His will even when everything seems to be against them.’ Warren W. Wiersbe.

As we saw last time, and as Wiersbe so rightly points out, it was a good and right thing that Moses should pray. Someone said what a person is on their knees before God, that they are and nothing more. However Moses seemed to have missed, or misunderstood, or forgotten (or not accepted) something the Lord had clearly foretold about Pharaoh’s resistance.

But when God replied to Moses, He did not castigate him for his frail fallibility. He is so gracious and merciful, and if He were not, what hope would there be for any of us? He just said, in effect, ‘It’s time!’ ‘It’s my time to act, and I’m going to show my power and deal with this situation.’ (The reference to God’s “mighty hand” is about His power). God, by His power, can deal with our enemies; God, by His power, can change the worst of situations.

Spurgeon said: ‘The holiest of Christians, and those who understand best the gospel of Christ, find in themselves a constant inclination to look to the power of the creature, instead of looking to the power of God and the power of God alone.’

So we may want to pray today:

“Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past.” (Psalm 68:28: ‘New Living Translation’).