My landlord is less than proper so I contemplate a big fight with him. I think of the documentation I have and how I would go about presenting the issue and creating pressure. My contemplations last about a minute, and I admit I simply am not going to do it.
Fights are expensive.
Even if I were to win on that issue, the cost of the battle is far larger than the benefit of that win.
That logic applies in thousands of cases. While I do not embrace a victim posture and I will fight for justice at times, most of the time I avoid fighting with organizations because they have so much staying power. Simply by stonewalling and shifting me from person to person to person within their organization, they can make the fight more expensive than it is worth to me.
And they know it.
God, on the other hand, was utterly unintimidated by the battle that was pending. He knew Pharaoh had magicians and wise men to back him up. He knew Pharaoh had slaves in abundance to buffer him from some of the consequences of the battle. God knew Egypt was a large nation with great wealth, and it would take a long time to hurt them economically badly enough to get their attention.
But, God’s resources were so much more vast than Pharaoh’s that He considered all of the above to be nothing but a matchstick in terms of an obstacle.
From Moses’ point of view, it was one tough challenge, especially in light of the early losses and the lack of support from the masses. From God’s point of view, “support from the masses” was a bit of a joke anyway, so He forged ahead, taking on the unthinkable, with no hesitation.
Theologically we like to point the finger at Pharaoh as being one hard case. The reality is, he was nothing special. Free will is a terrible thing, especially when someone else has it. Like you and me. God has taken on many a challenge with us, penetrating that fabulous firewall that we, the devil and the culture construct to keep truth out.
Join me in a celebration of God’s fearlessness in the face of what we consider an obstacle.
Copyright October 2015 by Arthur Burk
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