“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV)
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
We’ve recently talked about having hope and using prayer to build on that hope. Nevertheless we must admit that present day realities can make our hope seem silly or futile. The strength, resources and organization of our opposition can seem actually unbeatable. These are the circumstances that were before Moses and Dr. King. What I find most interesting about God’s proof to Moses was his telling Moses exactly where he would celebrate. That says to me that God’s plan of victory and blessing for our lives is so clear and real that God already has planned our celebration.
The challenge isn’t whether or not we can trust God’s ability or commitment, it’s about our follow through. Can we keep moving forward? Can we believe? Can we go on to see what the end is going to be?
As a college student pledging a fraternity, my line brothers and I would encourage each by saying, “No matter what happens today, today will end!” We soon found ourselves experiencing joy during that very difficult pledging process. Embracing the notion that a positive ending was waiting for us allowed us to look past the pain of daily events to the overall purpose of the experience.
So it is with pursing our hopes. Indeed the journey ahead maybe long or the opposition formidable. Yet if our hope is in God, then we can have joy in knowing that our dreams, blessings, or breakthroughs are already in the process of being fulfilled. Dr. King didn’t let his doubts in reaching the mountain top with us steal his joy in knowing that the mountain top was real and waiting for us. Our God is able!
Sometimes, like Moses, our victory with God may take us back to our own Egypt. Thankfully with God even going backwards can actually be a move forward. Why? Because God is able. Indeed God’s grace is greater than any gossip or grievance. God’s designs can withstand any deterrent or disadvantage. God’s provision is more than any prosperity or property. God’s love is stronger than any our screw ups, any of enemy’s sabotage or slander. God’s mountain top for us is real!
It truly pains me to admit that neither Moses or Martin made it to their promised lands. Unfortunately neither will some of us. Yet there is still cause to hope and celebrate. Promise lands are real. If we follow God and believe, we too will get to worship on our own mountaintops.