Hebrew 11: 23-29 highlights Moses’ walk of faith. If there is one person i can really totally relate with, out of all the people mentioned in Hebrews 11, it will be Moses. I am very critical of myself. I ask myself a lot of questions. I am just learning to accept compliments. I used to push words of affirmation away when i receive them. I always thought those words were just said to me so i would feel good. On here, each time i read people’s blog posts, i am blown away by how good they are with words and how well they are able to make those lines flow. It really amazes me and it makes me question the quality of my work. The “i’m not good enough” thought is always somewhere at the back of my mind.
Thinking back, this is something i have always struggled with despite being surrounded with so much love growing up. If Moses could read this now, i’m sure he would understand totally what it’s like to feel inadequate. His journey wasn’t sleek. Though his escape from death was miraculous, his past life caught up with him when he was about to enter his purpose.
Moses was rescued from the sea by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:4-8). His mum threw him there as supposed to giving him up to be killed according to Pharoah’s decree. As a result, he entered into the family of fame and wealth. Despite him having a better life than the other Israelites, he never forgot whose side he was. When i was growing up, my dad used to tell us, “wherever you go in life, never forget where you are coming from”. This was another way of him telling us although we are in this world, we are not of this world. Moses knew although he was living with the Egyptians, he wasn’t an Egyptian. He never forgot who he belonged. He never forget where he was coming from.
How quickly do we sometimes forget ourselves when we become comfortable? It can be easy to forget John 17:16 especially when things are going really well. Contending for the faith can become something to do later when we are dining with kings and queens.
Moses goes out to see an Egyptian fighting a Hebrew, he wasn’t passive about it. He didn’t allow his false reality to cloud his judgement of who he really was. He defends his brother (the Hebrew), and kills the Egyptian thinking no one saw him. I am sure his mother who was his nanny has told him about their story and probably gave him the same advice my dad gave us “never forget where you are coming from”.
Seeing this from another angle. How do we behave when we see a fellow christian being persecuted. Do we defend them or do we treat the issue passively?
Moses’ past did catch up with him though. This time he was judged by his own.
What do you do when your good intention is used against you?
Later in his life, he had an encounter which revealed his purpose to him. His purpose was to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and to lead them to the land God promised Abraham. Interestingly, he was already doing this when he defended the hebrew who was being attacked by the Egyptian. He was comfortable to do this on a small scale. However when God was to launch him into something greater, he was talking himself out of it. He doubted his ability. He asked,
“But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
What do I tell them? vs 13
“They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!” Exodus 4:1
I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. Exodus 4:10
Can you relate to the above? It sounds like Moses had a self esteem problem. How often do we take ourselves out of the equation? We feel God can use anyone except us. We try to convince God that we can’t do that job or start that ministry. We try to convince Him that we won’t be able to carry out the purpose for which we were created.
God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies whoever He calls.
God proved to Moses that His strength was made perfect in Moses’ weakness. All Moses needed to do was to obey and leave the “how will it happen” for God to sort out.
We will save ourselves so much time and stress if we simply obey and allow God the access to work out the rest.
In the end, Moses agreed to go to live his purpose. Moses’ ministry was filled with the miraculous. He had several divine encounters. With Moses’ obedience, the promise God made to Abraham was fulfilled. The children of Israel left Egypt after so many challenges. On their way to the promise land, Moses ensured that he didn’t leave God behind. He didn’t become proud as a result of what God was doing through him. At a point he insisted on not going forward with the journey if God’s presence wasn’t going with them (Exodus 33:15).
I’m not a very good singer but i do a tiny bit of singing in church (lol). i have been doing this since i was about 5 or 6 years old. But up till now, i still get a little bit nervous when leading worship. Honestly speaking, i find myself this way whenever i am doing something regarding ministry. I used to question why because with the singing, i should be used to it by now. However i am now comfortable with the nervousness at the beginning of my ministration or service. I now pray for God not to take it away because it makes me remember that i can never do this alone relying on my ability.
Don’t get so used to doing what you do that you forget to include God in it
Moses’ journey wasn’t flawless. His anger issue which probably was seen when he murdered someone in the beginning caused him not to see the promised land.
Despite the way he began and ended, we can’t argue that he was a man of great faith.
Faith made him trust God with his future instead of relying on the comfort he had in the house of Pharaoh.
Faith made him let go of the pleasures of this world and endure the suffering with his people.
Have you picked up your cross? Or do you still prefer the pleasures of this world?
Faith made him let go of what he had in his hand, what he was used to. He took on a mission he knew nothing about.
What are you still holding on to that is preventing you from fulfilling your purpose?
His mum’s faith kept him from dying. She must have believed that Moses had a divine purpose.
By faith, he relied totally on God for their provision, protection and direction as they embarked on the journey to the promised land.
Every miracle that was performed through him was a response to his faith.
If God could use a flawed Moses, he can also use us. Let’s stop disqualifying ourselves for God knows us more than we know.
So my decisions are;
- To believe i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
- To trust God with my weaknesses so His strength can be made perfect through them
What are yours? Let me know in the comment section below.
I have created a separate category for this series on my blog. Please click on it to read about Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Enoch and Abel.
See you next time as we look at a very interesting character Rahab.
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