In case you don’t know, this man is Moses. One of the greatest Exoduses of all time was led by Moses. For several years, the Pharaoh of Egypt at that time, put God’s children through so much hardship. At God’s own appointed time, He raised Moses to be the one who would deliver His children from Egypt into a promised land (Exodus 1-5). Let’s find out a little about this man Moses, shall we?
With God, age is nothing but a number. Moses was eighty years old…as in, 80 when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 7:7). It’s surprising how God chose an aged man like Moses instead of a younger person. God does not care how old you are. He does not use people for His glory based on age. If He did, He won’t have called Samuel at such a young age. As if the age thing was not enough, God still chose Moses despite his speech disability (most likely stammering…Exodus 4:10). Throughout his encounter with pharaoh and even while he led the children of Israel, Aaron only spoke for him once. Other times he spoke by himself, but of course with the help of God. When God calls you, your disability or age is not a limitation. He empowers us to carry out His purpose. Do not place a limit on yourself when God Almighty has not placed a limit on you!
A man with a past. Moses had committed one of the greatest atrocities of his time and even of our time, Murder; though it was purely unintentional. Nevertheless, he tried to bury the evidence of his crime and when he found out that people knew about it, rather than own up, he ran away (Exodus 2:12). Yet, it’s so amazing how God chose him to deliver His children. Some weeks ago, King David was the case study. He was also a man with a past but God used him that way. You do not have to feel condemned because of your past mistakes. Romans 8:1 says “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. So today, I encourage you not to run away from God. Even if you have gone astray, turn back to God and ask for forgiveness. He blots out your history of errs no matter how terrible and He hands to you a clean slate, a new beginning.
How often do you ask questions? Why do you choose to sit in ignorance or even confusion because of your unwillingness to ask questions? Did you know you can even ask God questions? Well, now you know. Now, note that there is a difference between asking questions and questioning. According to tammylenski.com, questioning is expression of disbelief or skepticism or to even doubt something or in this case, SOMEONE, while asking questions is an expression of interest, curiosity, in a bid to learn. When God told Moses his job description (in the delivering of the children of God), he was not so sure how to go about it. So, he asked questions (Exodus 3:10-14). He asked God questions on what to say when possible scenarios play out. That was wisdom. Moreover, for we in this age who have the Holy Spirit, we can easily ask the Holy Spirit for direction and help. Asking God questions for clarity and direction or dependence on the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit are good moves in fulfillment of purpose.
In relatively all my posts I emphasize the place of humility (Numbers 12:3). It’s not a surprise to find out that Moses was a humble man. God never works with a proud person. If He needs to work with you and you happen to be a proud person, be sure to know that He’d first of all break off that pride. Check the story of King Nebuchadnezzar who became like an animal for 7 years because of the pride of his heart (Daniel 4). Even God’s beloved Joseph had pride broken off from his life before God established him in a foreign land. Stay away from pride. It is the number 1 destroyer of man. The bible records Moses to have been the humblest of all men at his time…what a description!
It’s a myth…as far as Christianity is concerned…that when you’re old your health starts deteriorating…believe it or not. My Pastor always says “you don’t have to be sick to die” and I couldn’t agree less. That a person acquire some sicknesses as he ages, was never in God’s plan and it still isn’t. The Bible says in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”. Sickness is not God teaching you any lesson. God does not teach us lessons in such ways… any lesson we learn is as a result of our actions (the post on the parable of prodigal son teaches this). Moses led the children of Israel 40 years more after they left Egypt and he eventually died at the age of 120. The bible records that his eyes weren’t dim, and he was full of strength at the point of his death (Deuteronomy 34:7). That was a man of one hundred and twenty years. Yet, you want to give in to the deception of the enemy that it is cancer or asthma that’d take your life at 40. Yet you want to start acting feeble and weak at 80. Take strength from the testimony of Moses and let it be yours too!
Now, whenever you hear of the story of Moses or the exodus of the children of Israel, I hope you listen to it with this knowledge of who he was. He was more than just the law-giver (though God actually gave the laws through Moses…Exodus 24:12). He was the man behind a great exodus powered by God.