For four hundred years, the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Egyptians. They were living in the wrong place, under the control of the wrong person, carrying out the wrong purpose. But God did not leave them there. He heard their cries. He elevated one from within their ranks to lead them to freedom.

 

Moses was that man. He was a Levite but was raised as an Egyptian under the care of Pharaoh’s daughter. At the age of 40, he witnessed a fight between an Egyptian and a Hebrew. Moses killed the Egyptian. When word of this reached Pharaoh, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses escaped and fled to Midian. That’s where God appeared to him in a burning bush.

 

God revealed his plan to rescue his people. Moses was his man to orchestrate the escape. Moses wasn’t so sure he was the right choice. “’Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you’” (Exodus 3:11-12).

 

Let’s stop right here for just a moment. The Israelites’ world was about to be rocked. God’s power and presence were about to sever them from the only life they had ever known. Every step they would soon take would be a step into the unknown. Granted, they were sick and tired of Egyptian oppression. They wanted to be free. But to experience freedom, everything had to change.

 

In a five-word promise, God injects the most powerful motivator of all–hope. God’s power and presence would shape their new world. They would not be alone to fend for themselves. I AM WHO I AM would lead the charge out of slavery and into the Promised Land. He was their hope.

 

The same is true of you. Paul put it this way: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Jesus Christ delivered you out of darkness. He set you free by unlocking by unlocking the chains of sin and death that held you captive. He didn’t leave you to figure out this newfound freedom on your own. He came to live inside you. Your hope of living life to the full is anchored to his power and presence in you.

 

This hope trumps fear. And it silences all those legalistic voices, both the internal and external ones, that say you can’t handle freedom. Christ in you says you can!

 

Excerpt from Simple Gospel Simply Grace by Bob Christopher. Available at http://simplegospelsimplygrace.com .