Outside the Zone of Appearance: Moses
This week in our study of stepping outside of our comfort zones and taking the leap of faith, we looked at Moses, beginning in Exodus 3 through 4:11. The first point in the study was how somewhere between verse 3 and verse 11 of chapter 3, Moses went from “Here am I” to “Who am I?” The description of the task God chose for Moses overwhelmed him and he felt completely inadequate. But in viewing Moses for who he was, we found three identifying characteristics that should have told Moses exactly who he was.
1. Moses was the beloved son who was saved from certain death by way of an escape. Look at the preservation of Moses’ life as a baby boy; when all other Hebrew baby boys were being killed by order of Pharaoh, Moses’ life was preserved through the little ark his mother prepared and hid in the bulrushes.
2. Moses’ story of protection alone should have given him a sense of identity. When the princess found him in the river, she immediately had a connection with him upon hearing his little cry. Not only did God protect Him by giving the princess this compassion for him, so that Moses then had the protection of the king; but also Jochabed, Moses’ birth mother, was given the privilege of caring for baby Moses as his nurse, providing a protection from God over the potential loss of Moses’ true heritage.
3. Moses’ story of redemption by way of the heir to the throne should have brought an acknowledgement of a particular plan for his life. Such irony of how Jochabed “placed her son in the river” as was the command, yet God spared his life through the heir to the throne. After all, it’s not every day that you are rescued by a princess!
It seems so simple to view Moses’ life and be critical of his question, “Who am I?” But he was not the only one to ask this question. In I Samuel 18:14-18, David asks this question to Saul, due to a lack of security in his called position. Call it humility or insecurity, either way, both Moses and David were re-thinking their God-given assignments at a point in their lives.
I find it so interesting that God called both of these men into training for years prior to their actual task. Both of these men were shepherds before they became the phenomenal leaders of their day. Pause a moment with me and think about this.
The following is an excerpt from Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep:
“….there are some difficulties to raising sheep. They think fences are puzzles that you’ve placed there for them to figure a way out of. Their flocking nature can sometimes make handling a challenge. Although they’re less susceptible to many diseases than other critters, they’re more troubled by parasites. They’re also vulnerable to predators….”
Seems to me that raising sheep is much like leading people. Sheep are often called the “dumbest animals on the planet” and yet, it is obvious that God used these difficult and stubborn animals to teach both David and Moses some very valuable lessons.
Many times the training ground God uses in our lives is not understood by us. We look at particular details, times, places, people and fail to observe the value in our boot camp. God’s way is not ours and when we lean to our own understanding (Prov. 3:5 & 6), we come up short of God’s ultimate blueprint for our lives.
Personally, I can attest to this. There are many circumstances in my life that I can’t comprehend, because they just aren’t the way I’d do things if I were God. I think Moses was completely in this line of thinking at the burning bush, standing in God’s Almighty presence. But…
His ways are not my ways, His ways are HIGHER than my ways. His thoughts are HIGHER than my thoughts.- Isaiah 55:9
So I ask you for now:
What thought is in your current possession that you need to surrender to the Higher One of thinking?