Moses, having faith in the LORD, is sent to God’s people to deliver them. Now he is confronted with a new problem – peer pressure.
While Moses was taking part in on-the-job training he exemplified being both poor in spirit, even though he fell into the trap of the common unscriptural practice of measuring his success based on methods of the world. Moses measured his success based on the immediate response of his audience. But it was not God’s plan to get an immediate positive response from His people; the Lord always has a plan. Moses was where God wanted him. Moses continued to show that he was useable of God, but he still had to learn the lessons along the way to character development (remember becoming poor in spirit is a process). While in Egypt Moses felt his early efforts in delivering Israel from slavery were failures. God was teaching Moses that what he perceived was not the reality of the situation. This was classroom instruction lived out in life. Every time Moses would hesitate to go forward the Lord used the opportunity to show what His grand plan was. Moses may have been a slow learner, but I am glad that his story is told through Scripture. Look next at Moses’ statement:
But Moses said in the LORD’s presence: “If the Israelites will not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am such a poor speaker?” (Exodus 6:12, HCSB)
We note two attitudes Moses possessed at this point of his training. The first is that he was measuring his success by Israel’s reaction instead of measuring his success by being obedient to the Word of God. Moses had done what he was told to do. We should recognize obedience as success, not whether people listened to us or not. J Vernon McGee in a message titled Faith in the Laboratory of Life recounts the story of a famous preacher who was asked a question by a seminary student, “When you preach do you preach to the mind of the people, or to the heart of the people, or to the will of the people?” The preacher answered, “I preach to the twelve inches of air in front of my mouth.” Simple obedience is required. We are not driven by circumstance. Jeremiah never had a convert, everybody ignored his message. Was Jeremiah a failure? Not in the eyes of God or any other reader of his account. Moses was poor in spirit, but was still learning to trust God.
Once again we read of the same objection from Moses:
Now it came about on the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, that the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “I am the LORD; speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak to you.” But Moses said before the LORD, “Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?” (Exodus 6:28-30, NASB)
You got it right Moses! You see it correctly in part. It is not about you Moses. It is never about you and it is always about God. That is being poor in spirit. This is the perfect example. Moses knows that he cannot to what he is called to do. The LORD responds in Exodus 7:1-5 as to how He is going to accomplish what He desires through Moses and Aaron.
Exodus 7:6 proclaims what this man who exemplified poor in spirit with his brother did:
So Moses and Aaron did this; they did just as the LORD commanded them. (HCSB)
Moses was obedient to the Word of God. The person poor in spirit will do the will of the Lord because he submits to God in the power of the Holy Spirit. When you recognize that you cannot do it, the Lord is free to accomplish the task through you. That is how God uses people. We too can become poor in spirit and obedient to His Word. We can start with being obedient to the call of discipleship and to the first beatitude. Learn His holy Word. Study the Bible. And become obedient because the character God desires is the character of Christ. Be the person you are called to be today.
Obedience to God’s Word is what is needed in your life. In order to obey you need to learn His Word. Make sure you are involved in the systematic study of God’s Word by being involved in regular weekly church services, and small group, and studying on your own. Find a good commentary online or in a book and study with the Holy Spirit as your guide.