Today’s Reading: Exodus 1:1-4:17
The circumstances by which God would first deliver Moses and then prepare him for the call on his life are beautiful examples of God’s sovereignty, power, and plan. Exodus begins with Joseph dead and the Israelites have multiplied greatly. There is a new Pharaoh who doesn’t know the history of Joseph and is fearful of the vast number of these foreign Israelite people. He forces them into slavery and hard labor. He puts statutes in place to reduce the number of Israelites. Namely, he commands the killing of all male Israelite children when they are born.
God has a plan to deliver His people and to display His majesty to the Egyptian people. It begins with a baby boy being born. Moses is born, hidden by his mother, discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as a prince in Egypt. When he is grown he sees himself as a potential deliverer for his people. He kills an Egyptian, the first sign of his self-sufficiency.
God knows in order to use Moses for the task of delivering His people, he will have to be humbled. In Exodus 3:1, we see a prime example of this humbling process at its best. By this point, Moses has gone from a prince in Egypt to a shepherd of a flock he doesn’t even own. He is being broken of all self-sufficiency and pride. However, in the midst of this time, God appears to Moses and gives him the call of delivering the people from slavery. His response, “Who am I?” is exactly what God is looking for in him. Moses knows he cannot do such a great task.
God has a broken vessel that He can use in Moses. It is through broken and humble men and women that God can accomplish the most for His glory! Don’t miss this. We all want God to use us for great things. The key to this is to come to the end of ourselves. When we are empty of all self-sufficiency and pride, we are positioned to be used of God for purposes beyond our abilities. Our lives will be predictable and mediocre when lived according to our strength and abilities. But when we yield ourselves to be used by the God of all creation, our lives will be marked by things that can only be explained in terms of God’s power at work in us, and that is a life well lived.
Rest in Jesus,