Do You Doubt So Hard, You Run?

Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.'” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the Lord , the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

Exodus 4:1-5

Doubt Hurts – No Question

In the Old Testament, there are some amazing stories of bravery, wisdom, adventure, tragedy, love, and many other topics. One that doesn’t get as much attention though, is fear and doubt. That’s not to say that no one ever remembers those stories, but they don’t garner the heroic recognition that the feel good stories receive.

As I was reading Exodus recently, I read an instance where Moses was receiving instruction from God about being His mouthpiece to the Israelite nation. Moses immediately begins giving God a list of excuses as to why this isn’t a good idea, so God begins to give him ways to validate Moses’ authority to the Israelites. The first thing God does, is ask Moses what he’s holding. I love that God asked Moses that question. My finite mind plays this whole situation out as though God is starting the conversation out in a “Come on, Moses, really?” type tone. After Moses correctly identifies the object he’s holding as a staff, God instructs him to throw it on the ground. As soon as it hits the ground, it turns into a snake. Now, I live in Texas where snakes like to live as well, and I don’t get bothered by snakes all that much. I do, however, have some family and friends who absolutely lose their minds when they see anything bigger than a nightcrawler moving on the ground. Moses was apparently one of those who had an issue with snakes, because he “ran from it.”

Men didn’t run in this time, unless it was for good reason, and Moses just took off. His faith wavered because of his insecurities and his perceived weaknesses. His lack of faith caused him to take off like his life was in direct threat of ending at that moment. He doubted in that flash, and it cause him not to trust God. I don’t want to make too much light of this, nor do I want to try and go too deep and add anything to the text, but I have to wonder why Moses took off after doing something that God had told him to do.

What About Faith

How would you have responded had you been in Moses’ place? Would you have run from the snake, fearful that you would die, or at the very least, be put in discomfort? Or would you, instead, have stood strong and watch God’s provision? I want to encourage each of us to not run from some of the trials we go through each day, but to instead stand firm. Hold fast to the commands and find the confidence that we can have in God’s protection and provision.

Phillip Whitfield
Phillip Whitfield is a passionate follower of Jesus and a youth pastor, husband, father, and an all around nice guy! When he's not sun tanning on the beach in South Texas, he's studying to teach young people about Jesus and hoping to support parents in raising up their children in the ways of God so that they never depart from it!

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