What’s the use?
The question spilled out of my heart like hazardous waste as I looked around at the shattered existence that was my reality. It all seemed so hopeless, such blatant crises that could not be over looked. The pain so sharp. The choices so few. The deliverance seemed so far.
There was a woman in Scripture who could have reacted the same way… “What’s the use?”. After all, Jochebed could not fight the Egyptian troops. The time had came when she could not protect what was precious to her any longer. Yet, the mother of Moses would not give in. Not to the enemy. Not to the threat. Not to the pain.
She carefully wove a basket and sealed it with pitch. Then she laid her tiny treasure in her homemade ark and laid the cover of him, like she was sealing his fate. She did not know that instead she was sealing the fate of her people. She gently sat the treasure chest into the nile and watched as her most treasured possession floated away.
She couldn’t have known it then, but her faith would save an entire nation. For the treasure she released would turn out to be the instrument God used to release His people from bondage.
She could not have seen that in the moment she chose release over defeat and Faith over fear, she was choosing deliverance.
Deliverance often comes through release. When we lay our treasures in hand of an All Powerful, All Knowing God. When we release what we don’t have the ability to do-to the One who does.
But we don’t always respond like Jochebed do we? We crumble under the weight and we wonder “what’s the use?”, “why bother?”. We feel like we are fighting a loosing battle. The questions swirl: whats the use…our kids aren’t listening, the bills aren’t getting paid, the job illudes is, our boss over looks us, the doctors report was grim…it seems like the end is imminent. But is it? Could it be it’s only the beginning?
A common theme rises throughout Scripture: that the end is really the beginning. The beginning of deliverance.
We don’t have to look very far into the Word to see this play out. Joseph was favored and adored. Yet, that favor seemed to be high jacked as he was sold into Egypt. Through a series of events, that seems like Jospehs favor is at an end, we see what many would consider the end was only the beginning. Joseph’s slavery turned out to be the deliverance for many. (…but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive…Genesis 50:20)
. Yet, probably the most profound was when darkness seemed to extinguish the Light on the dark Friday over 2000 years ago. The Word seemed to have gone silent at the chokehold of death. Strangled and broken, the Son of God laid lifeless in a borrowed tomb. His fate, like Moseses, seemed sealed. Yet…
“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, Behold, two men stood by them in dazzling appareal and as they were frightened the men said to them “Why do seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He has risen!” Luke 24:2-6
What seems to be sealed from man is not sealed from God.
One woman’s faith saved an entire nation.
Your faith can do the same.
One moment when you refused to let your circumstances constrain your God.
So, if “What’s the use?”
Circulates through your heart remember…What seems to be useless can be turned out for the deliverance of many…if only we will release our treasure to the One who is able.
The deliverance you seek may not be within your grasp but it is always within His.