By Mary Ellen Barrett
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ~ Exodus 3:11b
I have a great deal of sympathy for Moses in today’s reading. Actually, I have a great deal of sympathy for him throughout Exodus. He strikes me as a man who has made peace with his lot in life. He is quietly tending to his father-in-law’s sheep, expecting not much more from life than a share in that inheritance. He had left the conflicts of his youth behind; he was settled. Suddenly the life of a peaceful shepherd goes up in smoke, literally. He sees a burning bush that is not consumed and the voice of God commanding him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to release the Hebrew people.
“Who am I to go to Pharaoh?” Who are you, indeed?
Is there any one of us who has not had a Moses moment? Who has not firmly believed that what God was calling them to do was absolutely crazy? Something for which they were unequipped, unsuited, and likely to make a complete mess of? I sure have. From leading a ministry to giving a speech to letting go when it came to the size of our family and many other areas, both large and small. In each of those Moses moments, there was fear of the unknown, it got messy, and there were tears, but by digging in and trusting more and praying more (and sometimes crying more), the plan unfolds, and we reach the promised land.
Lean in and trust
Sometimes when we feel the least adequate, God finds us the most useful. It is in our nature to resist that which is difficult or challenging, but it is God’s nature to challenge us to lean in and trust Him, and when we do, we can be assured of our own Promised Land with Him forever.
Heavenly Father, light within me a fire to proclaim your word as you wish me to do. Help me to lead people to you, building your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
Call to Action
Prayerfully determine where God may be asking you to lead others, whether it be in your home, work, or community, and step out in faith, trusting He will provide for each step of the way.
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