In 1886, a revival with D.L. Moody was taking place in Brockton, Massachusetts. Under conviction and compelled to testify, a young man stood up and said, “I am not quite sure…. But I am going to trust, and I am going to obey!” This phrase made a deep impression on a preacher by the name of John Sammis. Sammis, once a businessman, had accepted the Lord and surrendered his life to preach the Gospel. John Sammis, by 1887 had penned these words; “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” This simple song is still sung today, and in many ways encapsulates the Christian life and duty… simply trust (faith) and obey (act in faith).
We find in our text the first encounter and confrontation of Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh. The 10 Plagues are about to be unleased on Egypt. What amazes me most about this passage is the reality that none of it would have happened if Moses and Aaron hadn't had faith… if they hadn't trusted and obeyed. As we say in the previous chapters, Moses is not a man teeming with self-confidence and an “I got this” attitude. At the burning bush, Moses questioned God’s choice of him, and in great timidity offered excuses. We often get in our mind boldness and blazing eyes of Moses, but consider with me for a moment that Moses and Aaron likely went before Pharaoh this first time nervous. The most powerful man in the world is about to be “put in his place” by two slaves.
Yet we often picture Moses and Aaron as bold because they did one simple thing. It is recorded over and over again in these passages. When God instructed them to do something…. They simply did it! Hebrews 11:27 records, “By faith he (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Moses acted by faith in his life. He might not have understood all the details, but he knew one thing: God had told him to do it, so he did it.
Faith is simply believing God enough to act upon what He has said. Do you believe what God has said? We all want to answer that question in the affirmative, ‘YES!”, but often our actions paint a much different picture. Our word’s say, “I’m all in”, but our actions say, “just not in that area Lord!” God’s will has been so vividly revealed in Scripture, wont you simply trust and obey? When is the last time you told someone of the Gospel? Are you plugged into ministry in the local church? Are you handling your finances biblically? Is your marriage a picture of Christ and the church? Are you raising your kids the way the Bible says? Have you surrendered your wants, wishes, and desires to His will? We could run down the list of questions. It all boils down to this… do you have faith? Will you simply believe God enough to trust Him and obey Him?
You may think, “I know what God wants me to do, but I am scared.” Don’t you know some intimidation was in Aaron and Moses, and yet with no fear of the wrath of the king, they pronounced, “thus saith the Lord” to the most powerful man on the planet. Why? Because they saw Him who was invisible! King Pharaoh looks pretty small when compared to the King of Kings, the LORD. If you are intimidated or scared about the step of faith God is revealing to you… Just do it! Believe God, get your eyes off of the circumstances and on Him,.
Maybe today you just need to clear off some time before God, and say, “Lord I am willing to have faith, believe you, and trust and obey.” You will then experience the joy the song writer John Sammis wrote, “there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 7 - 9
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.”