Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health
Read: Exodus 3-4:17
It has been said that, “God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called.”
It’s true, and we see it illustrated in the life of Moses.
Moses is grazing Jethro’s sheep in the mountains when the Lord appears to him in a burning bush. This is the great passage of God’s call of Moses: to go to Egypt and free God’s people. It does not go smoothly. Moses tries five times to turn down the job that God is asking of him. You can read it seriously, but I see some humor too.
Exodus 3:11 “Who am I to challenge Pharaoh?”
3:12-13 “What if they ask me Who sent you, I don’t know Your name”
4:1 “What if they don’t listen to me or believe me?”
4:10 “I am not a very good speaker”
4:13 “Lord, please send someone else”
Then something unusual happens: God’s anger burned (against Moses). It is rare for God to burn in anger. It is even more rare for God to refuse to take “no” for an answer, for God has given us free will. But God refused to allow Moses, who is uniquely qualified, to waste his life and potential to remain a herdsman in the wilderness. There are other lives at stake, the lives and futures of God’s people.
We can understand Moses’ reluctance. He has a wife and newborn child. He fled Egypt. He is 80 years old. He’s content being a herdsman. This is not the young, strong Charlton Heston Hollywood Moses here. The Biblical Moses is an old man, who needs his brother, Aaron, speak for him. Moses has doubts and insecurities. He is learning to trust the leading of God. Whatever faith Moses came to the mountain with, this encounter marks a new, dynamic relationship with the Lord.
I wonder if you have ever felt called by God to a task or leadership position that you didn’t want to do, or didn’t feel qualified for? How did you respond? Did you bargain with God? Or ask God to find someone else? It’s a common feeling. Many future pastors relate to Moses reluctance when sensing God’s call on their lives. Moses’ life was not going to be easy, to be sure, but it was going to be greatly blessed.
Pastor Rob Nystrom