In this passage, God establishes a promise with Moses that He will bring the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. In this moment, God reminds Moses of who He revealed Himself to be to Abraham, Issac and Jacob, which is God Almighty, or the Hebrew name El Shaddai. It is by God's power, because He is almighty, that He will bring the Israelites out of Egypt. At the end of the passage in verse 12, Moses says "why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?" Because God is with him, even with his weakness, Moses will be able to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. The power of God is most beautifully displayed through our weakness. And Moses' weakness reminds us who really brings the Israelites out of Egypt.

This same God who brought the Israelites out of Egypt, who parted the Red Sea, will do the same and even greater things for us. He wants to part the Red Sea in your life, whatever that may be. Many of us have experienced and know God to be a protector or a provider, but not as many have experienced God as Almighty. We tend to try to solve problems in our own strength. But God hears your groaning and wants to help you. He is sitting there in the situation with you, waiting for you to take them to Him.

If there is a sin you struggle with, bring it to God and let him give you the power to overcome it. If you have trouble letting go of anger or bitterness, bring it to God and let Him help you forgive someone. Bring shame and condemnation to God and let Him set you free. Anything you have trouble dealing with in your life, bring it to God and let him begin a process in you that leads to freedom and ultimately to you taking back whatever your "promised land" looks like.

 

Author | Lindsey Conway