Building Trust For Trials On The Horizon, Pastor Phil Sessa

Exodus 7:810, “8Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’ ” 10 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.”


How does one come to trust someone in the midst of trials? Who do you know you can go to when you must do something that causes you to become uneasy about the possible outcomes? Perhaps you turn to a spouse, a best friend, a co-worker, a parent, grandparent, or a sibling. Do you believe God to be trustworthy? Let’s look to Moses to discover what Moses discovered about how God builds trust for trials on the horizon.

Moses was called by God to be Israel’s deliverer. Surely God could easily destroy all the Egyptians, just as he killed the firstborn son of the Egyptians when sending the tenth plague. However, like many times, God chooses to send a man to display the His power.

In the desert God commanded Moses to throw down his staff. What did Moses have to loose, he didn’t know it was going to become a serpent. Then God asked Moses to pick it up by the tail. Now, perhaps Moses was not as quick to do so, after all what if he would have been bitten. Yet Moses picks up the serpent by the tail showing his trust and it became a rod once again. Soon after, Moses finds himself standing with his brother Aaron in front of the most powerful man in Egypt, Pharaoh himself. Now again God is asking for a rod to be cast down to allow it to become a serpent. Moses did it alone before God, but could he instruct Aaron to do it before Pharaoh? Moses obediently instructs, Aaron obeys, and the staff becomes a serpent before Pharaoh. Pharaoh calls in his magicians (sorcerers) and they duplicate the same miracle causing their thrown down staffs to become serpents. However, Aaron’s rod (serpent) swallowed their rods (serpents). “The loss of the magicians’ rods in this fashion gave evidence of the superiority of God’s power when Aaron’s rod gulped down theirs”, (MacArthur). From God in the desert to Pharaoh in the palace, why did God allow a “trial run” on this miracle and then perform it a second time? Perhaps these reasons will shed some light.

Miracle of the rod before God

  1. God allowed Moses to build trust in Him for trials on the horizon.
  2. God showed Moses, if he could trust God in this miracle, He can trust God in others.
  3. God showed Moses, when he throws something down before God, God can change it!

Miracle of the rod before Pharaoh

  1. God showed Moses he could trust the Lord even when things look to be seemingly going in the wrong direction.
  2. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
  3. Hebrews 11:27, “By faith he (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

How is God trying to build up your trust to face trials on your horizons? What is God asking you to trust him in and are you doing so? Throw it down, and pick it up changed by God. Blessings Pastor Phil

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