Trusting God for an Impossible Breakthrough
"11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.” (Exodus 2:11-15, ESV)
“I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” (Exodus 2:22, ESV)
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17, ESV)
"Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3:1-6, ESV)
"10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
The excuse of inadequate capabilities!
“ 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you…” (Exodus 3:11-12, ESV)
The excuse of inadequate knowledge!
"13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13, ESV)
The excuse of inadequate confidence!
“But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10, ESV)
"And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.” (Acts 7:22, ESV)
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)
Trusting God for an Impossible Breakthrough
Sunday’s message was delivered from the position of being stuck in life, whether that be marriage, career, or vision for the future. I think one of the best passages of scripture present in the bible that can explain all three is the story of Jacob, Laban, Leah, and Rachel. Let’s examine this story together.
As a group, turn to Genesis 29:14-30—let’s recount the story of Jacob.
1. One of the more effective ways for me to understand scripture is to try and place myself in the situation of the person about whom I am reading. Discuss the situation that Jacob finds himself in. How was Jacob “done wrong?”
2. In what way does v.15 communicate that Jacob could have felt stuck in this situation?
3. Examine the negotiation that takes place between Laban and Jacob in vv.18—19. How does Jacob make his intentions clear in v.18?
4. What do you see in v.19 that confirms that Laban agrees to this condition?
5. Jacob Tricked: In vv.20—21 we see that Jacob, having finished his seven years, asks for Rachel—his wife. But what happens instead?
6. How does this development communicate that Jacob could have felt stuck in his marriage?
7. In this situation, how do you think that you and/or most others would react?
8.Where do you see Jacob’s breakthrough and joy in this passage?
Jacob could have easily felt stuck in life and career (having to work for free) and in marriage (being tricked into marrying Leah), but he showed great commitment by relying on GOD for strength and delivery for a BREAKTHROUGH! That breakthrough did come, but only after Jacob had committed to work 7 more years to finally marry his beloved...Rachel.