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Dilemmas, Detours, and Dangers (5 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Genesis 15:1-6, 16:1-16
Message Truth: One of the greatest tests we face in life is the temptation to make things happen according to our desire and schedule. Today we will discover once again the importance of believing and obeying God.
Introduction: Dilemmas. We all face them. It may occur when two good TV programs air at the same time, or when two events both call for our attention and attendance. These fall more into the category of simple (silly) dilemmas.
However, at times the conflict is far more serious. There are career choices that can change life for better or worse. There are academic pursuits that are appealing but the sacrifice of time may be the price to pay.
Perhaps the most frustrating dilemma of all is the desire to make something happen now, when God seems to be saying wait.
I. DILEMMAS FROM BIBLICAL HISTORY
(Exod.2 / Acts 7) 25 "And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. 26 "And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, 'Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?' 27 "But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, 'WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? 28 'YOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?' 29 "And at this remark MOSES FLED, AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF MIDIAN, where he became the father of two sons. 30 "And after forty years had passed, AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH.
Moses knew God had appointed him to deliver His people from bondage. But rather than waiting upon God to accomplish His purpose, Moses took matters into his own hands. As a result he fled to the desert for 40 years. It was only then t ...
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