18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. Exodus 3:18-20
The Lord had good news, bad news, and more good news for Moses. The people would listen to him, but the king? Not so much. Moses was already insecure without this foreknowledge of what would happen. He knew that the king of Egypt could have his head if he had wanted it, but Moses was going to demand that his people be free to take a three-day sabbatical, as it were.
This is as close to predicting the future as anything possible. Moses couln’t mess it up. It was the way it was going to be.
Even as Moses knew what would happen, he still had to go through it all, the doubts, the what-ifs, the chastisement from the king of Egypt. In other words, he still had to go through the motions because even though Moses knew what would happen, the Pharaoh wasn’t aware of it yet.
It would be he same way if God had told us our immediate future. We’d know it, but we’d still have to live it.
So, how does this relate to us?
Well, oversimplifying it, revelation back then was necessary because they didn’t have Scripture. They had to be led every step of the way.
We do have Scripture, and according to it, our future is with God in heaven.
Between now and then, though, we’ve got a lot of living to do. We don’t know what our lot will be tomorrow or the next day, whether it’ll end in tears or pure joy, sorrow or rejoicing. We do know that:
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so.