Check out my previous posts for other ABC scripture-based phrases. Last week’s was Helper, please Help! This week it’s Invade me and Involve me.
Invade me and Involve me? During ancient times, the Israelite nation was in great distress because they were living as slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh mistreated the Israelites by demanding hard physical labor with little rest and nourishment. Thankfully, God heard the desperate cry of His people; He then selected Moses to deliver them from bondage. When Moses and his brother Aaron approached Pharaoh about the Israelites’ freedom, he refused to listen. In fact, he responded to them by saying, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” (Ex. 5:2). Pharaoh did not allow God to invade him and involve him; in the end, his stubborn denial and hardened heart became his downfall. (See Exodus 5-14)
Invade me and Involve me! However, Moses, although tentative at first, obediently followed the Lord’s commands. He faced Pharaoh and told him to let God’s people go. When Pharaoh refused, God worked through Moses by sending plague after plague on the Egyptian land and people. Finally, Pharaoh relented and released the slaves, only to chase after them a short time later. The fearful Israelites came to the edge of the vast Red Sea with nowhere to turn. God once again invaded and involved Moses by telling him to lift up his staff and stretch out his hand; and through God’s power, the Sea divided into two walls of water, and all God’s people walked through on dry gound towards freedom. (See Ex. 4:10-12, Ex. 14)
When I look at these two contrasting biblical characters, I am so thankful for the life-changing truth of the gospel. Because of the Christ’s death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit can now invade and involve any one who believes on His name. Pharoah did not believe, Moses did. Pharoah was stubborn, Moses was willing… and their stories unfolded.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of being with some “Moses-like” women; each of them are created with unique personalities and each possess differing God-given gifts. Their (broken and beloved) hearts are set on being filled up and then poured out for the glory of the Lord. How Inspiring it was to be around these mighty women who lean into the His strength and love.
You too, have something of Him to give this world–something that only you can give. Believe you are His unique workmanship and obey His voice, even if you are a little tentative at first.
O God, make my heart both faith-filled and obedient! Please keep stubborness or unbelief from quenching your powerful Spirit in me. Invade me with Your presence and involve me with Your ways. Amen
On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Ps 138:3