Exodus 3:1-22, Exodus 4:1-31, Joshua 5:13-15, Matthew 22:23-33
I think at some point, we all wrestle with a real sense of unworthiness and unfitness for the most serious callings in our life. How can a man truly be fit to be a good husband, a good father, a leader? The vows we make at our weddings and baptisms are truly humbling. How can we possibly keep them?
I understand Moses, doubtful of his own abilities, wondering if God could really use him. It may have even seemed to Moses like humility, as he called into question God’s choice for Israel’s leader. What if they don’t believe me? Who shall I say you are? But do you remember that I am slow of speech and slow of tongue? Moses pressed his “humility” so far that “the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses” (Exodus 4:14).
While he was busy questioning God’s choices, he was simultaneously negligent regarding his own. In a strange and startling moment, God nearly killed Moses, but for Zipporah’s bloody intervention (vv. 24-26). How could Moses lead the people out, if his own house was not in order? If he had disregarded the covenant and its sign in his own family?
There he was, bashful about all the wrong things, brazen about all the wrong things. And yet God chose Moses. God is always using what is available. “What is that in your hand?” He asked Moses. (Of course, God Himself is the one who has made everything available.) “Who placed a mouth on humans… Is it not I, the Lord?” (vv. 2,11)
Time and again, it is clear that it is God Himself who leads Israel, God who speaks, God who performs signs—God who does everything.
While Moses quietly tended his flocks in the wilderness, God attended to the sufferings of His people. God Himself would shepherd them, and lead them out of captivity into the land of promise. Even the death of the firstborn, a threat that hung over the whole world, He would eventually take upon Himself (Exodus 11; Colossians 1). He would know our sufferings, carry our sorrows, and receive our scars upon Himself. God Himself would come down to rescue us.
I think it is right to doubt our own sufficiency. Like Moses, we are naturally stammerers, often forgetful, sometimes plain stupid. But we ought never doubt God’s choices, because He is not lacking in anything. He has made Himself known—the great I AM, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and He Himself has promised, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12).
Thanks be to God, that He knows about our sufferings, and has come down to rescue us (vv. 7-8). Praise be to our Lord, our Deliverer, our Savior!
Written by Caleb Faires