by Christina Rose
God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” Exodus 3:12 NLT
While God had prepared Moses for years to lead the Israelites to the promised land, he still felt inadequate. Years of testing had humbled him and left him with a stutter that he believed disqualified him from leadership. But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Exodus 4:10 NLT
God assured Moses that He would be with him and provide whatever he needed to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. God calls those who know they are not able to accomplish what God asks on their own. This ensures God will get all the glory. Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12 NLT
When I was recently called back to California, God gave me constant visions of speaking to others. While this task seemed overwhelming, I knew He had prepared me through many years of testing. It instilled great faith and obedience in me. It also instilled a profound humility that ensured God would get the glory.
The first night in our new San Francisco home, we had a fierce thunder and lightning storm. I stared in awe at the sky as if God were casting ceremonial fireworks over the Bay. As the storm cleared, a giant white cloud in the form of angel wings appeared above me. Just as Moses had signs and wonders, sometimes He does that for us.
Faces of people I knew started appearing in the sky. Each of them were wealthy and successful by earthly standards, and believed all they had accomplished was done by their own might. They were also parents whose children were not raised in faith, and some of those kids were struggling at home and in school. With each face, I felt a calling: God was asking me to pray for each one and help lead them to faith. “But the Lord says, The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved For I will fight those who fight you, l and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25 NLT
When I saw one face in particular, I muttered, “Nothing will crack that cranky old nut.” Immediately I saw a giant hand in the sky throw a nut to the ground with such force that it shattered the earth and in seconds a giant tree grew up to the heavens. While I then repented for my unbelief, I was puzzled that the nut I saw in the vision was a walnut. I had thought an acorn would have been more significant in that it would produce a sturdy oak instead of a walnut tree. After pondering this for a few moments, I chuckled. I recalled this cranky old nut lived on Walnut Avenue. It was clear to me that God wanted this particular nut saved and wouldn’t leave him behind.
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. Thessalonians 5:11 MSG
As I type this devotional a glorious sunrise of pink and gold is streaking over the sky as birds soar over the bay. God wants us to feel as free as the birds and in the palm of His hand. Just as He was with Moses, He is with us to help others to freedom.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NLV
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is a DAR whose patriot ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina appeals to heaven for hope and freedom just as her patriot ancestors did hundreds of years ago. She is a contributor to Arise to Peace Daily Devotional and a frequent blogger for Arise Daily Devos.
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7 thoughts on “I Will Be with You”
You don’t know how God used your blog this morning to speak to me! It was huge! I gained a whole new perspective on something that will impact me as a Christian and author. Thank you.
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Thank you Sandra! You blessed me as well as my confidence as a Christian blogger sometimes needs a boost- bless your day! Christina 🌹
Thanks for this encouraging word! I am more a writer than a speaker, but when I have the opportunity to speak, I remember what God told Moses, “I will be with you and tell you what to say.” Then I pray that God will always receive the glory as I share how He has guided my life.
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Thank you! He always equips us when we are obedient to his call – bless your day – Christina 🌹
Thank you, this spoke volumes to me! The paragraph about God’s testing to prepare you for a new endeavor made me think of the new calling I have received in such a different way. God has inspired me for a new purpose and I must give my anxiety to Him and know He will be there guiding me all along the way. 🙏💕
Thank you Suzan – just when I graduate from one test another is often waiting for me! God bless your purpose – Christina 🌹
Wow! Thank you.
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