The second entry in the Learning from Exodus series stays in Exodus 3, with the conversation that Moses is having with the Lord.

12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.

I love this verse.  Moses just gets done asking the question: Who am I?  And this is God’s response.  You can read about my thoughts on the question in the previous post of this series.  What I want to address in this post, though, is the sign that God gives Moses.

Too often we want a sign from God before we go forward with something.  We think that we ought to wait on the Lord to show us something before we do what He has called us to do.  This is a little backwards, according to what we see here.  But the sign that God gives Moses is not some awesome display of his otherworldly power.  It is a promise of what will happen when Moses has completed the task.

The Lord basically says, “You want to know that I’ve been with you.  You’ll know when you come back to this mountain with the people of Israel.”  Instead of giving Moses the satisfaction of an immediate sign, God gives Moses a vision of an ideal future.

Isn’t that what vision is?  An picture of an ideal future.  Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, in his Back to Methuselah, writes, “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and say, ‘Why not?'”  That’s vision. A picture, not of the way things are, or even the ways will be if everything continues as is.  Vision is a picture of what could be.  It is an ideal future.  That’s what God gives Moses.  He gives Moses a picture of him leading the Israelites out of Egypt to worship on the holy mountain where he now stands.

Is it immediately achieved?  No.  A vision that is worth something is rarely easily or immediately achieved.  Vision stretches us.  It causes us to go beyond ourselves and into something greater.  An accomplished vision is the result of us stepping out in faith.  That is exactly what Moses needed to do in order to accomplish this vision.  Moses had to trust in the Lord so that his ideal future could be a reality.  He had to step out in faith, trusting that God was good to His word.

So, what about you?  What is the ideal future to which you aspire?  What vision has God given you for the future?  Know that it is going to take some time and a whole lot of work, but God is trustworthy.  God will not give you a vision that is impossible to accomplish because with God all things are possible.