Lead Like Moses: When They Question the Vision

Lead Like LogoThen Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.” (Exodus 5:22-23)

Inevitably, it’s going to happen.  When you cast a vision and begin working towards accomplishing it, there is going to come a point at which you meet your first road block.  It may be a lack of funds.  It may be a turn in circumstances.  It may be the loss of a key player in making it happen.

It’s funny how it happens:  God gives us a vision of something that He wants us to do.  So, we formulate the perfect plan to make it happen.  We analyze everything from the financial to the relational implications.  We plan out the discussions that we will have and we imagine how each will turn out to accomplish the “big vision” that God has given us.

Then, someone doesn’t respond in the way that we planned out in our mind.  They have a different opinion of how to get it done or they completely reject what the vision is that God has given us.  Then people begin to question our ability to discern what God is saying to us.  Then what?  How do we respond?

Moses faced similar circumstances when he went before Pharaoh and told him to let God’s people go free.  Pharaoh decreed that, as punishment, the Israelites would no longer be allowed to make bricks with straw.  Moses knew that Pharaoh would resist letting them go (3:19-20; 4:21) but didn’t know exactly how this would happen.  Then, the children of Israel were angry with Moses because their life became more difficult because of “Moses’ vision.”  So, how did he respond?

  1. He went to God and requested clarification of the vision and how to get it done. (Exodus 5:22-23)
    • As we are going about the business of executing God’s vision, it’s important to remember, first and foremost, that God works all things together to accomplish His will (Romans 8:28).  The “best way to get things done” in our minds are rarely the way He will see it through to completion.  His ways are always higher than our ways.
  2. He went out and did as the Lord commanded. (Exodus 7:10)
    • Our responsibility is to go out and do the will of God to the glory of God.  While we cannot see the end from the beginning, we can find our peace in Him and do what it is that He has commanded of us.
  3. He followed God’s command through to completion and trusted Him to do the heavy lifting.  (Exodus 11:10)
    • We have to finish strong and do exactly what God has called us to do.  At the end of it all, we cannot look back at the vision and say, “Well, God I didn’t do what you asked because the people thought it was a bad idea.”  We have to do what God has commanded from us and trust Him to provide the results (1 Corinthians 3:7).

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