Day 1 - Exodus 3:1-12
Who Am I?
Detours have a knack for showing up when we least expect them. For Moses, this meant accepting one of the most important leadership roles in all of history, leading God’s people out of Egypt and into the promised land! From man’s perspective, there is no reason for Moses to expect God to ask much more out of his life. Previously Moses grew up as the adopted son of the Pharaoh's daughter, but fled to Midian after murdering an Egyptian. He now lived the rural life as a simple guy, husband and shepherd, relaxing at the late age of 80 years. How could life possibly be shaken up?
3:1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
It’s a minor inconvenience to find a burning object in the desert, it’s a life altering occurrence when you run into the divine presence of God himself! On many occasions God decides to speak into our lives with small still whispers. This is not one of those cases. Moses’ story shows that there are times when God calls us into a detour in very blatant ways.
How well are you listening to God now? How can you better posture your life to hear from God in impactful ways?
The extending question is how willing are we to accept the call of God? Let’s see how Moses deals with it:
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses answers in the way most of us would when given such a high calling, “who am I?” It’s common to feel unequipped or uninspired, but God offers the best comfort. He promises that wherever he calls us, his company will always follow. There is no one better to walk through life's largest challenges with than our most high God. Be encouraged that no matter the circumstance, God walks with you through every step.
Are you truly willing to continually accept God’s call? If not, what in your life hinders you from making that decision?
Be sure to listen, and lean in to whatever God is teaching you today!