My church is doing the One Year Study Bible daily read. This morning after I got home from the gym and I sat down to read todays reading and it just hit home. Today we see the first part of God’s call to Moses to go and RESCUE the people of Israel from Egypt. So if you would like to take a look with me todays story is found in Exodus 3:1-22.
Moses, is living in Midian and has gotten into a routine we will say. He is out doing his job (tending the flocks of his father-in-law) when God stepped in and interrupted Moses’s day. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. I don’t know about you but I see myself a lot in this part of the story. Sometimes God needs to speak to me through something big because I get so set in my routine and so busy that I stop looking to see where God is working and I stop listening to the still small voice. So, like Moses, if God was speaking something BIG like this call He placed on Moses, it would need to be pretty flashy to get my attention.
Then God, once He has Moses’s attention tells Moses that He is calling Moses to go to Pharaoh and lead His people out of Egypt. I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure I would react much like Moses did. Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” How often do we feel unqualified for the call that God has placed in our lives. I know I often have this struggle in my life when God speaks and calls and I feel unworthy to do what God has called. Now today in the reading we only have this first part of Moses’s calling out of the wilderness into God’s great plan but I have seen Prince of Egypt and read this story enough to know how it ends right? God promises to be with Moses and Moses is later considered a great man of God that spent time in the presence of God on the mountain right? The 10 Commandments yep, Moses brought those down from the mountain.
But, what if Moses had decided he just was not having it? What if Moses said God, I know you made this bush burn and all, and it looks pretty cool since its not burning up its just on fire but I think you came to the wrong man. Sure, God would have used someone else but Moses would have just spent his life as a shepherd for his father-in-law when he was destined to be a great leader. Do we want to live our lives in a routine or are we listening for the call of God and willing to do the uncomfortable?