But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain (Exodus 3:12, ESV)
I see myself a lot in Moses. At the start of his life, he was always at risk. From birth, he was placed in a basket by faith and received and raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter; When he grew up he fled in fear because he killed an Egyptian guard; He eventually flees to Midian where he meets his wife and starts a family, but just as he was getting comfortable, he has a personal encounter with God Himself. In that encounter he is given the biggest task anyone at that time could be granted: TO BRING THE HEBREW PEOPLE OUT OF CAPTIVITY AND INTO THE LAND HE PROMISED ABRHAM. Knowing the magnitude of this task, he pleads with God to choose another and attempts to convince God that he is not cut out for this job.
God, in his might, power, and grace, encourages Moses to do the unthinkable; not only because He sees Moses potential and future, but because He Himself will be with Moses. In doubt, Moses continues to argue as if he would be able to sway the mind of God. Getting a small compromise, Moses goes to his brother Aaron and together they begin this long wrestling match with Pharaoh to release the people from the grip of Egypt.
I like, Moses am one to flight and not fight. I get so caught up in the uncontrollability or uncertainty that I just give up or neglect the call on my life. What’s amazing about God’s call, is that it usually, if not always will require such a great faith to believe that He will do the bulk of work. All it takes from us is obedience which often seems like hard work. The flesh in me always desires to have the control and if things aren’t in the manner of which I perceive they should be, I often either fall back and retreat or give up.
I was not given a task like Moses nor like Jesus, but even the little things, the little obediences or prodding I often question if it’s God or if it’s me and always ask God why or what the outcome will look like. I have to stop trying to fast-forward the tape and live in the now and be obedient in the now. It is then, that I can start living.
If we fast-foward the tape of Moses though, we find that he becomes one of the most influential human beings to walk the Earth. He obeyed God in the hardest of times even if it took God physically showing Himself or the miracles to fuel his belief, Moses faced the hardest things head-on. Hebrews 11 describes him this way:
By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.