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Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And He said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain (Ex. 3:10-12).
Moses was only a poor shepherd when God said to him: I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt. At the time of his calling from God, he lived in the land of Midian with his wife and son, and he supported his family by caring for his father-in-law's flocks in the field (2:16-22; 3:1). Understandably, given his circumstances, Moses did not feel that he was suited to the task for which the Lord was calling him. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
God, however, had chosen Moses for this task, and He had been preparing him for it since the moment he was born. Moses could not have served God as the cocky young man he once was, but having been tempered by his life experiences he was now ready to follow the Lord's will. God sought someone that would not place their faith in their own abilities, but would willing set aside ego to stand on the power of God alone. As the Lord addressed his excuses, one by one, the once confident Moses was forced to acknowledge his own insufficiency, yet at the same time he was brought to understand the majesty of the God whom he served. In the end he came to appreciate that God had given him all that he needed to succeed with the words, I will be with thee.
Too many Christians today feel the need to "produce for God" under their own terms. Instead of listening for God's prompts they charge "full speed ahead." Soon, just as Moses discovered when he confronted the Egyptian soldier, they learn that working without the support of God will get them nowhere fast. Only when we let go of our own egos and trust fully in the power of the Lord will we be able to discover His true plan for our lives.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Rom. 8:14).
Thought for Today:
The Lord is working in and through us to accomplish His will.
As the I AM THAT I AM who commissioned Moses (Ex. 3:13-14; compare Heb. 13:8). Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily (Truly, truly), I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58).
2:3 flags = reeds; 2:18 Reuel = Jethro; 2:23 bondage = severe oppression; 2:25 had respect unto = was concerned about; 3:18 hearken = believe and obey; 3:22 spoil = take the best of their valuables; 4:10 of a slow tongue = not qualified; 4:16 to thee instead of a mouth = your spokesman.
Romans 12: 1 - 7
Romans 12: 1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;