Acts 7:30-34 (CEB)
Forty years later, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush in the wilderness near Mount Sinai. Enthralled by the sight, Moses approached to get a closer look and he heard the Lord’s voice: ‘ I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Trembling with fear, Moses didn’t dare to investigate any further. The Lord continued, ‘Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have clearly seen the oppression my people have experienced in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning. I have come down to rescue them. Come! I am sending you to Egypt.’
This passage harkens back to Moses’ call story in Exodus. The Good News here is that God has noticed the plight of the people. God has clearly seen the oppression, and heard their groaning. And God has come to do something about it.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself sincerely hoping that God is noticing the oppression and injustice of today’s world. I pray for God to act-to come and rescue those who are groaning. Creation itself groans under human oppression of it. Look around, God. Aren’t you going to do something about this?
It’s easy to think that God is complacent. Moses felt the same way in Egypt, when he said to God: “ever since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has abused this people. And you’ve done absolutely nothing to rescue your people” (Exodus 5:23 CEB).
But instead of focusing on God’s complacency, what if we consider our own complacency? Why have we allowed these things? Why aren’t we doing something about them?
Fortunately, God is in the business of saving people. And God’s words “I have come to rescue them” are words to us as well. But there is one super important thing to notice here: God’s plan was to send Moses. God’s plan is to send us. God does not allow for complacency. We cannot sit back and just expect God to do the work, to fix our messes, and not expect to have to do anything about it. God acts with justice and mercy to those in need, rescues those who are groaning under oppression, but God uses us to do it. There is no room for blaming. No room for complacency. As God’s people, we are in this together with God, at times even inseparable from God’s presence and activity in the world.
Where might God be sending you to do God’s redeeming work in the world?