Desire Isn’t Enough

Exodus 3:10-22 “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.”

By the very fact that you are having personal devotions, gives evidence that you desire to do something for the Lord. Nothing of any eternal worth will be accomplished void of desire! But like Moses, we quickly learn that desire is not enough (see Exodus 2:11-15). If Moses was to become the “Deliverer of Israel,” he would need more than an admirable desire. After forty years in exile, Moses would discover what must accompany his desire if he was going to accomplish anything for God. Moses had given up on being a deliverer when God appeared to him from a burning bush. For Moses to succeed, he must have God’s plan, “Come now therefore, and I will send thee” (vs.10). If Moses was to accomplish anything, it must be according to God’s plan for his life. It was only after Moses had given up on his plans that he was ready for God’s plan. Success would come by God’s presence, “Certainly I will be with thee” (vs.12). Moses would not have to work the plan of God alone, God had promised to be there with him. What a blessing to know that our God will not forsake His own. Success would be accomplished through God’s power, “I will stretch . . . I will do . . . I will give” (vs.20-21). Only God can accomplish the task through us! Only His plan, His presence, and His power coupled with our desire is enough to get the job done!