Observation: The Lord calls Moses to be the leader of his chosen people, the Israelites, by first appearing to him in a burning bush. Moses listens to God but feels unqualified to lead. God listens, encourages him, and provides him with the resources he needs to fulfill his calling. Moses and his brother Aaron call all of the elders of Israel together and share what the Lord has told Moses.
Application: I’m really glad you don’t have to take a test to be a wife because I’m pretty sure I would have failed. Three and a half years into marriage, I’ve broken three (yes, three) different irons, have never once washed our sheets, and actually don’t know where our vacuum is. (I wish I were exaggerating. I’m not.) Now before you go on thinking I’m the grossest human being on the planet, I’d like to add that my husband is an amazing cleaner who does know how to iron, who does wash our sheets, and who actually does know where the vacuum is (and uses it). I think you could say I married up.
Is wife guilt a thing? If so, I think I had it a lot during our first few years of marriage. I felt so completely unqualified. Rather than looking at the strengths I did have, I focused a lot on all the things I couldn’t do. I felt unqualified…not unlike Moses did when God first appeared to him in a burning bush.
I love reading about Moses’ humble beginnings in Exodus 3 and 4. And let’s just be real – it’s a pretty weird beginning. Meeting God in a burning bush? Safe to say that doesn’t happen everyday.
But when God calls out to Moses from that bush full of flames, Moses answers. “Here I am!” (Exodus 3:4)
When God calls us, do we answer? When he appears to us, whispering dreams into our hearts and callings into our spirit, do we respond? When it feels as weird or as awkward or as terrifying as responding to God in a burning bush, do we reply?
Courage begins with three simple words: “Here I am.”
God goes on to lay out Moses’ future, a future Moses feels wholly unprepared for (just read Exodus 3:11, 4:1, 4:10, and 4:13 again). But with every excuse and every plea to choose someone else, God assures him his future is secure.
When Moses asks why he is the one chosen to lead the people out of Egypt, God responds, “I will be with you.” (Ex. 3:12)
When Moses asks what if the people don’t believe him or listen to him, God tells him exactly what to do (Ex. 3:5-9).
When Moses says he’s not very good with words, God assures him that he’ll be Moses’ mouthpiece. And when Moses is still afraid, God responds, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well! ...Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say.” (Ex. 4:14,16)
Moses’ story isn’t unlike our own.
When you feel unqualified to lead in any area of your life, God says, “I will be with you.”
When you feel like others won’t believe you or listen to you, God says, “It’s okay. Here’s what to do…”
When you feel like your own lack of abilities hold you back, God says, “Look around. I’ve already given you everyone and everything you need.”
Moses is going to go on to do amazing things for God’s chosen people. He’ll give them the Ten Commandments. He’ll help them cross the Red Sea. He’ll lead them through some of their toughest seasons of wandering in the wilderness. He’ll guide and rebuke and train and forgive and forge ahead.
But it all started with three simple words, “Here I am.”
Like Moses, you’ll go on to do amazing things for God, too. Maybe you’ll speak or encourage or care or heal or love or connect or teach. Whatever it is you do, you’re sure to face some dizzying fears and paralyzing doubts. But those shouldn’t hold you back from whispering those three simple words, “Here I am.”
Here I am. Your adventure awaits.
Prayer: God, here I am. Fill me with the courage and the resolve of Moses. I pray I can hear your answers to all of my excuses, that your assurances will be bigger than my excuses. Here I am. Here I am.