Thursday: 18th July, 2019
Reference text: Exodus 3:13-20
Exodus 3:13 Then Moses asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ What should I tell them?
In the current era of information governance and data protection among a host of other controls, it is rather common for bearers of messages to have no idea who the senders are. On a very practical level, post-men deliver letters to homes but are almost always oblivious of their contents and origin. However, if they were to deliver their messages by word of mouth, then it would be unfortunate to have no knowledge of who sent the messages they bear.
When God revealed His blueprint for the task of leading Israel out of Egypt, Moses was up for it but not until he had asked some questions of his own. He wanted to make sure that all bases were covered and one question did the trick. He spoke to God in a manner thus :’I understand all you’re saying but if I go to them and they ask me your name what shall I say?’ Simply, I am the bearer of this message so at least I need to know who the sender is.
This question Moses asked was not an indication of doubt or unbelief, it was to deal with any anticipated problems. To put this in general terms,’ anticipating a problem does not signify the absence of belief, it is a part of foresight’. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus said’ Which king going to war does not first sit to calculate if he has enough men and resources to defeat his opponent?(Luke 14:31)
My dear, anticipation is always a key part of every walk and on many occasions, an indispensable one. It enables proper planning to be done because even on a journey of faith, anticipation can help to steer clear of paths that could lead us into ‘trouble’. Nonetheless, one who always anticipates must not only be interested in highlighting the obstacles that lie ahead, but also contribute to the identification of the resources needed to deal with those challenges. That is true anticipation.