Are there some things the LORD has told you to do that you haven't done yet? Are there some things you need to take care of?
I purchased two new bibles this past weekend, and as soon as we got home, both Lawrence and myself were pouring over our new bibles like kids with new toys. We compared what the references said with different Scriptures and claimed our favorites!
As soon as I settled down I directed my search towards a Scripture I had been reading Sunday morning that had me baffled. It appeared that something was missing, and I had commented to Lawrence that something seemed missing, but we didn't have time to study it.
My new bible reference explained it very well, and it made an impact on me, that you may benefit from, as well.
Exodus 4:18-28-"18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace. 19 And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt:for all the men are dead which sought thy life. 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt:and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. 21 And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand:but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. 22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me:and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 26 So he let him go:then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
27 And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him."
Now, reading all of chapter four you will see it's where God tells Moses what to say to Pharoah, regarding the release of Israel, the people who were in captivity. And Moses had said he couldn't speak well, so God said okay, Aaron can be your spokesman. So, then it jumps to verse 24, that says "the Lord met him, and sought to kill him."
I was thinking who? Surely not Moses, who he just told how to approach Pharoah. He just appointed him an important job, and even told him to take the staff that would turn into a serpent, so surely God wouldn't want to kill Moses. And who is Zipporah? Well, this is where a good reference Bible is so good to have. My new Dr. David Jeremiah reference Bible explains it very well.
Back in the Old Testament there was a covenant with Abraham, and one of the laws of that Abrahamic covenant was that the male sons be circumcised. Moses had not circumcised his second son. Whatever his reason was, God would not, could not use him for the important task at hand until he had kept that part of the covenant law.
Zipporah, Moses' wife, was angry that she had to do it to save Moses' and their son's lives, so she made her mean remark to Moses. Something we might also do if we had to do that job!
What this great Scripture speaks to my heart is that God wants to bless us, but we have to do our part.
Many people today are asking why did this happen? Why aren't I being blessed like others? Why, why, why?
Perhaps if we search ourselves, as is written in Ps. 139:23-24, we'd know ourselves!
"23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalms 139:23-24
We all desire so much, but don't need everything we desire. With God, we receive the basics plus, and then realize we don't need the other stuff. We somehow become satisfied without those things we had been working hard for, and realize how truly blessed we are to have what we have, and develop an attitude of gratitude for what God has blessed us with.
As the LORD searches our hearts, His Holy Spirit will point out things we need to weed out or improve on, and sometimes we may feel remorseful for mistakes we've made, but remember, God knew us before He formed us, and through Jesus Christ and our faith in Him and His death on the cross, our sins have been forgiven and forgotten, so we need to forget them, too, as long as we've quit the old sins and have begun our new life in Christ, where the old has passed away.
But, if we want to be used by Christ, or if we have a desire to do something great for the Kingdom of God, there may be something (like Moses) that we need to get straight first.
It's kind of like the Scripture where Jesus said "23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5:23-24