The call of Moses is recorded for us in verses 4-10 of Chapter Three of the book of Exodus. Could you even imagine what Moses was thinking? What an awesome, as in awe displaying power, this event was. It is a life-changing event, the call of a lifetime. Our call may not be as dramatic. Our call may not be as grand. But our call is as important to the Body of Christ. Paul expresses this thought well in the Twelfth Chapter of 1 Corinthians. Every gift is important to the Body. Every ministry is important to the Body. Every individual is important to the Body. Embrace your call and learn from the example of Moses here in Exodus Chapter Three.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” (Exodus 3:11-12, NASB)
Who am I? The answer is in the question. Who was Moses? He was a man that could be used of God because when Moses looked at himself he saw nothing special. This was not the same Moses who was educated in the palace of royalty and who dined with the ruler of the land. This was not the Moses who charged into action and tried to save his people by his own strength. This is the broken Moses. This Moses was poor in spirit. Moses was willing, but reluctant. He must have thought God could use somebody better trained in the ways of the world; not a lonely shepherd.
But the Lord was sure Moses’ training was complete because we see that God states certainly I will be with you. The word certainly in the Hebrew denotes in this case that it is a fact, a necessary occurrence. Moses will be successful from the point of view of He who holds the future. We all can be assured that when God calls us, in His timing, we will succeed. Not because of our talent, but because of the working of the Holy Spirit. The Lord continues with the game plan for the remainder of Chapter Three.
Then Moses answered, “What if they won’t believe me and will not obey but say, ‘The LORD did not appeared to you’?” (Exodus 4:1, HCSB)
I love how Moses responds to God’s plan because Moses is like me. What can I learn here? I can learn despite the fear I feel the reality is that God will equip His people for success. Moses fears three responses from the people: (1) the people will not believe him; (2) the people will not listen to him; and (3) the people will not believe the LORD appeared to him. I feel the same way Moses! But God assures Moses that he is equipped to do the job by explaining the power of God to get His message of deliverance to the people. Moses looks at himself and says, “I will fail.” The Lord says to Moses, “you will succeed.” Whose voice should Moses listen to? It is precisely because Moses recognizes his limitations that God chose him to accomplish this great task. Moses was poor in spirit, and it is the poor in spirit who the Lord uses to live out the kingdom life.
Stop trusting in your own abilities and start trusting that the Lord will equip you to be successful. Do not stop the work of The Holy Spirit by objecting to submission to His plan. Spend some time in prayer and give over your objections to God’s call and go forward today.