Moses had an amazing story. He was supposed to be killed the moment he was born but he wasn't. His mother was able to hide him for three months but when he became to old to hide any longer, she placed him in a basket and set him afloat in the Nile River. He was found by Pharaoh's daughter and raised in the palace. He would have been educated by the finest educators, trained to take on a leadership role in the most powerful kingdom in the but he ended up as a nomadic shepherd out in the desert.
In retrospect, we can see that this was all a part of God's plan. God had primed him not to lead the people of Egypt but to lead the his own people, the Israelites through the very desert land where he had been a shepherd for forty years. Moses had spent eighty years training for the task God had called him to do and now he was ready. The problem was, Moses didn't think he was.
We cry out to God that we need "clear direction". We want Him to speak to us from a "burning bush" confirming our mission and then we will go and do. The problem is, our response would probably be the same as Moses'.
But Moses argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me?” Exodus 6:30 (NLT)
Despite encountering God, despite seeing miracles, Moses was still focusing on who he was rather than who God is.
Is God calling you to do what seems to be impossible? Do you feel hopelessly inadequate to do it? You may be but God is not! Fix your eyes on God rather than yourself or anyone else. Listen to His voice and trust that He will give your the wisdom the ability and the resources to do what He has called you to do.
Scripture quotation taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
This was the perfect message for me to receive today. There is something I feel called to do and it seems that every direction I turn another roadblock appears. Yesterday I had one of those "Et tu Brute?" moments and felt ready to just pack it in. Actually, it was worse than that. It was one of those "God has the wrong guy" moments.
I like to remind myself that in creating all things, God also created irony. Here's a scene I revised just last week (same guy as always, 200 years in the future). You'd think as the person writing I'd have payed more attention to my own words...
I sit with my head in my hands and try to figure out my life and still feel lost and alone. I ve rejected my old life as well as the new one I d hoped to build as a Christian. Now all sides want me dead and my choices have started a war that will kill millions.
What would you have me do? I am only one man Lord.
I am, I say aloud to the trees and laugh.
I am? All this time I ve been listening to people who tell me You Are . Was it as simple as shutting out the world and listening to I am?
I put my head down and realize I ve been both emotionally and physically sucked dry. The only thing I can think to do right now is pray but I have no idea what to say."
That's pretty much where I stand... feeling sucked dry.