|W||Exodus 3:7-11 New International Version (NIV)
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
|O||The Lord cares about his children. It is evident in the scriptures: “I have seen the misery of my people”, “I have seen them crying”, “I am concerned about their suffering.” So, God had a plan to deliver the Israelites. Plans for a better life in a land that was “good and spacious, a land flowing with milk and honey.” The Lord chose Moses to be the vessel he would use to bring His plan to fruition.
But Moses seemed to be concerned about God’s plan. He asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
|R||Well, I guess Moses would be quite concerned about God’s plan. Especially since the Lord was asking HIM to go! LOL! Why? Cause Moses had run away from Egypt and had been hiding in the land of Midian for years.
Yup! And if you read the story like I did you already know WHY Moses was in Midian. MOSES KILLED an Egyptian! You don’t believe me? Go to Exodus 2:11-15 and see for yourself! If I were Moses I wouldn’t have wanted to go back to Egypt either!
Yup, the great Moses—the one who performed mighty miracles, rescued the children of Israel out of Egypt, led the Israelites across the Red Sea—killed a man.
(Read Exodus chapters 6 – chapter 15 to get the full story of how God used Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt)
I found this passage of scripture interesting and encouraging. It reveals a lot about God’s character. God predestined Moses to BE GREAT. Even though prior to speaking with Moses at the burning bush, Moses ran away from Egypt after killing someone. Yet, God still used Moses to deliver the 10 Commandments. I thought to myself, “Wow, God gave the Ten Commandments to someone who violated one of the commandments: Thou Shall Not Kill!” Then I wondered, “Couldn’t God have chosen someone else with a clean slate? Someone more righteous? Someone holier than Moses?”
Didn’t God consider that Moses was going to be reluctant to go to Egypt in the first place? From the get go, Moses was like “Why Me? (Exodus 3:11)” Didn’t God consider Moses had self-doubt and low confidence (Exodus 4:1)? Didn’t God consider that Moses would make excuses (Exodus 4:10)? What about the fact that Moses BEGGED God NOT to send him (Exodus 4:13)! I mean God had to consider all these things…he is God right?
Well of course God knew! God is omniscient! He knows all things! God hand selected Moses in spite of his imperfections to prove this point: God PREDESTINED Moses to be GREAT! It didn’t matter where Moses came from, what he did, where he was, or how unimportant he felt. God called Moses forth—out of hiding—to do GREAT things for HIS GLORY! Funny thing is, this is not the first time that Moses was called out of hiding. In Exodus 2:1-10, Moses was hidden as a baby before he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. God brought Moses out of hiding in that situation so his life would be spared. Little did Moses know that everything that had ever happened in his life brought him to the place of holy ground, at the burning bush, so that God would speak to him about his assignment.
This is a powerful story. The same hands Moses used to carry the Ten Commandments were used to kill a person! But God did not define Moses by his past. Likewise, God doesn’t define us by the things that we’ve done. He has great plans for me and you! (I will PAUSE here—to let that Marinate in your spirit! LOL!)
There must come a time in our lives where we start seeing ourselves like God sees us.
We must walk into our purpose by:
1.) “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13).
2.) “…throwing off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
If you are reading this, that means you are still here for a reason. You have things to do with your life. The world needs you. You were born to make a difference. God has you here to do something that no one else can do. You have places to go. People to meet. Lives to touch. And you can start right where you are.
So, what are you waiting for? A burning bush? Well, if you see one grab some water, put it out, or call the local fire department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!
Thank you for being the GREAT “I AM”. Thank you for all the wonderful plans that you have for each and every one of us. Help us Lord to see ourselves as you see us. Fearfully and Wonderfully made. Help us Lord to hear from you so that we may know what assignments we must complete. Give us the courage to walk in obedience. No more excuses. We ask that you use us to do mighty things for your glory. Show us the way.
In Jesus’ name,