We begin today, the Exodus...
the going out, the departure, the movement of many people.
But every beginning requires a leader.
One who is willing to take charge, set an example, handle challenges, take on the responsibility of many, and risk much.
for Joseph and all his brothers have died in Egypt, leaving their descendants in the land of Goshen. A prosperous nation of people, just as God had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
But now a new Pharaoh had risen to power.
One who did not know Joseph.
One who did not favor these people.
One who saw their multitude and feared them
And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we..." Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. Exodus 1:9,11
But God had another plan...
one that kept a promise given Jacob generations before.
I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again
Genesis 46: 3-4
So God called Moses, at the age of eighty...
born a Hebrew, raised Egyptian, and much like us... he struggles with his identity.
Until he fled to become a shepherd.
Moses was exposed to great power, yet settled, even hid, assuming a humble heart.
And when God calls him, Moses begins to reason... to question...
"Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
... and when "they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
...and then, “But suppose they will not believe me, or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you."
...and finally, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
Genesis 3:11, 13, 4:1,10
Poor Moses... questioning the voice of God.
And I can only say that... because I am so often like him.
One filled with my own reasoning, questioning, wondering.
This way, or that?
Go now or stay?
Did I hear Him correctly, or did I imagine it?
Maybe I should wait for a sign... or pray more about it...
I could spend days reasoning away what I have heard God speak to my heart to do... but that is not His desire for me. God is seeking our obedience, our faithfulness, our trust that His way is best.
No matter what.
Word of God... train me, today...
to be a servant of God without excuses or reasoning.
to act quickly when I know I am called.
I believe God wants teach us, as He did Moses...
Who I am... a child and heir with inheritance in Jesus Christ.
Who He is... a faithful, unfailing, loving God... the great I AM forever and to all.
What He gave me... a purpose that I am to pursue, train and trust in Him.
How to use it... my gifts and talents for His glory and not my own.
But I also believe that God has even given us purposeful limitations, in order that we will be unable to do all He has asked... unless we fully rely on Him.
Otherwise, I would take credit, dismissing Him when our purpose is to reveal Him.
Lord, help me today, to not simply be like the reasoning Moses who questioned everything. But help me to develop and grow to be like the Moses who listened and learned to follow You and to lead others.
For Moses was a man with great perspective, and a humble heart.
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