Message summary: A message for those fearful of God’s call.
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This story is recorded in Exodus 3 & 4. It reveals the call of a reluctant Moses to be a deliverer for God’s people to be brought out of Egypt. It’s a long exchange but today we will seek to glean a truth and application from God’s conversation with Moses assuring him that He could use him, fears, weaknesses and all.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire in a burning bush and gave Moses this commission: “I am sending you to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (3:10).
Fear can absolutely paralyze one’s giftings, vision, and courage to accomplish anything for the kingdom of God. Is there any wonder that Moses took to the wilderness for 40 years content to tend sheep and live an ordinary shepherd’s life?
But God had bigger plans and told Moses about it on the far side of the desert at the mountain of God.
It’s one thing to tend needy sheep, quite another to tend needy people. (All pastors would agree with that statement.) So Moses naturally spoke back to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And therein lies the question most all whom God calls to Christian service must settle once for all. There was much conversation between God and His servant, Moses, to ascertain that God was truly calling him to this gigantic task. Moses kept looking to his own abilities or lack thereof and felt he had nothing to offer.
But God was not looking upon Moses’ abilities – He would provide that. Instead He looked for his availability and willingness to say, “Yes” to God’s calling. After all, God wasn’t sending him to Egypt to represent Moses. Instead he was being sent to represent “the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” “Tell them, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
The same powerful God of our ancestors will “be used from generation to generation” (3:15) to equip us with extraordinary ability when we’re inclined to question Him or decline His calling because we’re badly frightened. God gives us courage to conquer that which would otherwise hinder us from experiencing God’s greatest blessings in our lives and the blessings He has for others who benefit from our obedience.
Don’t run and hide, make excuses, delay, or tremble in fear. Let us trust God that He will equip us when He calls us to make a difference in His kingdom. Are you listening to His voice today? What is your answer?
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear, he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause, Fear, he is a liar
Be encouraged today!
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, those whom You call You also equip to do that which we cannot do in ourselves. You assured a frightened Moses with these words, “I will be with you” and You assure our spirits with the very same message, “I will be with you” no matter how hard the test and no matter what You ask us to do. When we obey and trust You we’re assured the victory just like Abraham, Moses, Job, Daniel and all the other common, ordinary people of the Bible who became heroes in our eyes. We walk in victory because You are the great I AM and You are with us enabling us to do that which You have called us to do. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Although Moses had a privileged upbringing in the royal palace with all the wealth, prestige and power anyone could want, especially an Israelite, he was born a Jew and would remain loyal to the Jewish people. And therein lies the opportunity for God to use Moses to free the Israelites from 400 years of captivity. In his fortieth year, yet another major turn came when Moses who had lived and eaten at Pharaoh’s table was now being hunted down by him for killing an Egyptian. He left Egypt fleeing for his life since “WANTED” posters were hung in every building and posted throughout the land. Exodus 2:14 describes Moses as “badly frightened”. He then spent another 40 years in the desert till God’s call at the burning bush.
Nature’s Christmas colors!
Brooksyne took this photo of the burning bushes with a row of arborvitae behind it.
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