But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
I remember coming back home from Wales one summer, after six months of becoming acclimated to that environment, and feeling alienated from everything I had called home for so long. It was so bizarre; I couldn’t make sense of it. In Wales, I’d only had a couple of Christian friends to lean on. Everything there, from the language to the grocery stores to the church I attended was foreign to me; yet I’d felt God’s presence with me during that culture shock. But not so during my summer back in Cary. Those months were permeated by a sense of detachment from God’s favor, culminating in a difficult break-up with my now wife, Megan, and the death of my beloved grandmother.
But one Sunday morning during that summer, as I walked back to my car after the church service, I crossed paths with an older brother in the faith who I hadn’t seen in a long time, who was visiting town that day, and who just so happened to be walking down the same path at the same time as me. We went to lunch together that afternoon, he asked me how I was doing, and I proceeded to break down the struggle as best I could. And I’ll never forget him stopping me mid-sentence, clasping my shoulders, and saying through tears of his own, “Seth—God is proud of you! He’s pleased with you! Keep going, brother, and don’t let the devil get you down!” Which was just the recharge I needed.
Friend, I love this ESV translation of verse 13 here, because Moses’ spiritual battery light is blinking low and he’s in desperate need of a charge from Heaven’s endless supply. And while we don’t know exactly what God tells him as He pulls him aside, I imagine it went something like this: “Moses—I’m proud of you! I’m pleased with you! Keep going, son, and don’t let the devil get you down!” Maybe that’s a message you need from Heaven today, too.