Scripture: Exodus 4:1 Then Moses (said to God), “But suppose (the people Israel) do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’ ” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3 And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw the staff on the ground, and it became a snake; and Moses drew back from it. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand, and seize it by the tail”—so he reached out his hand and grasped it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” …13 But Moses said, “O my Lord, please send someone else.”
Observation: It’s interesting that the ones Moses is most concerned about aren’t the Egyptians, but the people of Israel. He’s afraid they won’t cooperate in their own freedom from slavery because Moses has no special standing among the people. He’s basically a regular guy with a checkered past. Oh, and he also happens to be sent by God to do what appears to be impossible.
Application: I probably sound like a broken record to those of you who regularly read this blog, but Moses illustrates a key theme of scripture – God uses ordinary, flawed people to do the work of his Kingdom on earth. There are a few spectacular stories like Moses, and the famous parting of the Red Sea episode. Or there’s young David defeating Goliath in battle. But most of the things God does through people aren’t spectacular. They don’t necessarily get noticed. It’s mostly behind the scenes stuff only God knows about, but heaven cheers nonetheless.
One thing I know is that God wants to use you to do his will on earth today. Keep your eyes open. Today you’ll have the opportunity to encourage someone, support someone, pray for someone, forgive someone, love on someone. Through you, God wants to bless those around you. It’s true. Are you willing, even if no one knows about it but you and God?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we read stories of people like Moses and stand in awe of what you did through them. It’s easy to believe other people might be called to do your will on earth, but we often have a hard time seeing ourselves as such people. We’re too broken. Too flawed. Too ordinary. Too unqualified. Today you remind us that you don’t care about our resume. Give us grace Lord to perceive the opportunities you give us to bless other people in our midst. Let your will be done… through us. Amen.