So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4
Good Afternoon PCC!
This morning in my devotional time with the Lord, I read the following sentences: “Our problem is not our weakness; God’s grace is up to the task. Our problem is our delusions of strength that keep us from seeking the grace that strengthens us in our weakness.”*
With the exception of Jesus, every person listed in the Bible who was used of God testifies to this truth. Moses is no exception. As far as we know, Moses hadn’t heard from God for 40 years. Then God spoke to him and called him. And how did He do it? Through a burning bush. It was not uncommon for a bush to catch fire. A bolt of lightning could have caused that. But Moses had never seen a bush that perpetually burned. God was doing something out of the ordinary that got Moses’ attention. And then He spoke.
Notice what God said to Moses: “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). When we hear those names, we think of them as great patriarchs of the faith—and indeed they were. But let’s consider each one for a moment. Abraham certainly was a man of God, but he had serious lapses of faith (to put it mildly!). Isaac was blessed, but he often didn’t listen to the Lord. And Jacob’s “blow-its” were legendary. Yet these men were powerfully used by God.
It’s as though God was saying, “Moses, I am the God of men who have failed. I am the God of ordinary men who have accomplished extraordinary things. Moses, if I can use Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then I can surely use you. Are you up for that? Are you ready to go? I am aware of what is happening to my people in Egypt.”
Moses was 80 years old. That is past retirement age, but the perfect age for a “refirement” from the Lord! So God says, “You are just where I wanted you to be. You are just the man that I want.”
It seems that God goes out of His way to choose the most unlikely candidates. This is us! God sees our potential, even when we don’t. God sees us for what we will become in the days ahead, when we surrender our weakness to His mighty strength.
This Sunday, we will unpack these truths even more as we walk through Exodus 3:1-15 and explore Moses’ call to ministry. I can’t wait to be with you. Come prayed up and ready to serve! I’ll see you on Sunday.
I love being your pastor!
*From “New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional” by Paul David Tripp (July 5)