I was talking to some sisters at church regarding qualifications and the story of Moses came to mind. If you are not familiar with this story, let me give you a brief overview. There was a king whose name was Pharaoh, he was afraid that he may lose his power if the Israelites became too numerous, so he ordered the midwives to kill any baby boys. But because the midwives were God-fearing women, they did not do so. Thanks to these women Moses was able to live. Moses had to be hidden, when that could no longer happen, his mother put him in the river. The King's daughter took Moses and raised him as her own child.
Fast forward to Moses being an adult, he was a fine young man (believe it or not my word). As he became older, he saw how his own people were being mistreated, so he killed someone to save his own. However, that was used against him, so he had to flee and go live elsewhere. A few years later, God called him. God told him that he was chosen to go deliver his people out of Egypt the same people he murdered for. But he did not feel like he was enough. Have you ever felt out of place? inadequate? not enough? I am happy to tell you that someone who could explicitly hear God's voice felt that way.
Exodus 3:10-13 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Moses had an opportunity to hear directly from God, yet he worried about what others will think. In my conversation with my sisters in Christ, the encouragement was that sometimes God will call us out of our comfort zone. The only thing we need to do is keep our eyes on Him. The moment we start wander our minds can become clouded.
Exodus 4:10-13 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
I think oftentimes we disqualify ourselves before others even think about us. I have been in situations like Moses. Also, I have spoken to many people who disqualify themselves. Today's reminder is simple: YOU are qualified because GOD chose you. When you have a calling, God will equip you. When God gives you a vision, he will bless it and send the right people in your way to help you. Moses literally told God to send someone else even after God reminded him on who created his mouth and give people the ability to speak. His self doubt and disqualification was a lot greater than anything else at that moment. I love that we serve a faithful God that even in our foolishness God still help us.
Exodus 4:14-17 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
Even when Moses took himself out of the equation with speaking, God reminded him to use what he had (his staff) while Aaron used his gift of eloquent speech. There is nothing too small for God to use. Whatever you have and willing to use, God can do wonderful things with it. My prayer for you today is that you will not disqualify yourself for things that you've been called to do. Be bold and walk out your purpose. If God called you, he will equip you.
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