Do You Have Unfinished Business with God?

This post is Part II of a message I gave in India last month. You can read Part I here.

Do you have unfinished business with God?

We see in Exodus 3 that God calls Moses to deliver His people, and by chapter 4, Moses is already en route to Egypt with his wife and sons.

But in verses 24-26:

“At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

Moses may have grown up a prince of Egypt, he may have spent 40 years in Midian, married a Midianite, but he was a Hebrew. And God’s covenant with his people, starting with Abraham, required that every male be circumcised at 8 days old (Genesis 17:10-11).

He was called of God to deliver Israel, but his disobedience nearly cost him his life. I’m sure it caused his son a great deal of pain, too.

When we do things God’s way, it’s less painful. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t ask us to do hard things or that we don’t go through suffering, that’s just the reality of living in this fallen world. But ultimately, being obedient means less pain. (Or at least joy and God’s assurance in the midst of the pain.)

Do you have unfinished business with God?

We are under the New Covenant, so male circumcision is no longer required. But God does require circumcision of the heart:

Col. 2:11 – “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ…”

Jesus is the surgeon. And we must constantly put our hearts on the operating table before Him.

If there is an area of disobedience in our lives, we must repent and begin to obey. We are stewards of our own hearts. If there is unforgiveness, bitterness, etc., we must surrender it at the operating table. God expects us to do everything we can to be reconciled to one another.

Let us take care of unfinished business so that we don’t hinder the work of God in our lives.

Therefore, say to the Israelites, “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.” – Exodus 6:6-8

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