Interference for Deliverance
Well the Super Bowl wasn’t what we all thought it would be. As a Louisiana girl I can’t help but think if the Saints had been playing, maybe the ratings would have been a bit better. But as we all know, one interference play changed the outcome of the teams participating. As I watched the infamous play over and over again across the news and social media I couldn’t help but make a comparison to how God uses multiple people in the bible and in our lives to “run interference.”
The blocks could be subtle, or in your face, push you down, “get out of the way” moments. Regardless, examples of God interfering or using others to interfere intrigued me. Because we are studying the bible in chronological order and Exodus is the book we just began Feb. 1, I started there.
Exodus, and the story of Moses is a great example. Let me set the stage, it’s been 400 years, and the Hebrew people are slaves in Egypt and there is no way Pharaoh will be letting up on them. As a matter of fact he is so convinced they will continue to multiply and grow in strength he has ordered the midwives to kill ALL male babies that are born. This is the first time we see interference in the book of Exodus. The midwives refuse to kill the babies, they lie to Pharaoh and deceive him, an action that could have been punishable by death, but they do the right thing! Ex. 1:15-19
This leads us to a mother, Jochebed. She is a mother aware that her son was no ordinary child, and she trusted God’s purpose for him. She interfered with Pharaohs plan for her male son, built an ark, swaddled her baby boy and placed him in the very river, the males were being drown in. Trusting Gods plan for him, she let him go.
Often we are called to “Let go,” in order for God’s promise to be revealed. Jochebed interfered for her child. Ex. 2:1-4
Moses was raised in Pharaohs home, educated and treated like royalty until he was about 40 years old. At this point, he knows he must do something to help his people be freed from slavery. There is just one mistake he makes. He forgets where true deliverance comes from.
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Moses looked this way, and that way, but Moses never looked up! How often do we make choices, interfere, but never consult with God as to whether we are doing the best thing? Interference doesn’t have to be all bad, I believe we are all called to step in on occasion for what is right, but I also feel very convicted that often I let my mouth lead me, versus thinking before I speak, and allowing God to show me where I should run interference minus a penalty flag.
All throughout the book of Exodus, you will see God using Moses to run interference for his people, leading them to their promise land.
Are you aware when God runs interference for you?
Do you run interference for what is right?
Moses was an unlikely choice to do the job God had called him to do. He admittedly says he is doubtful, lacks confidence and isn’t even sure he knows how to speak in a way that will cause others to listen. BUT, Moses was willing to try. When God called to him, he answered, “Here I am.” Ex. 3:4.
Despite our circumstances, despite our inabilities, despite our fear and lack of faith, God does not change. HE is the “I AM.” Ex.3:14
After watching that play over and over, what struck me more than anything was the ref standing on the sidelines allowing it to happen.
Are you a sideline viewer? Oblivious, or pretending to be? Not willing?
What good are we doing, while here on this earth if we choose to stay on the sidelines of life?
What if Jesus would have stayed on the sidelines?
His death and resurrection was the ultimate interference for deliverance!
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Lean on the deliverer to empower you to interfere, and praise him for his interference in your life.
The will of God will never lead you where the power of God can’t enable you.
Until next time,