Have you ever felt woefully unprepared for a task? Maybe you felt under-qualified. Or maybe after getting into your project you felt like you got in way over your head. No matter what the situation or circumstances might be, I’m sure we’ve all had a moment or two like that—a moment of panic and feeling completely out of our element.
But don’t worry; even the mighty heroes of the faith had moments like these. In fact, Moses—the mighty and fearless deliver of Israel—felt unprepared for the task God gave him. He actually made several attempts to excuse himself from his calling. So let’s take a look at what happened and see what lessons we can glean from Moses’ attempt at by-passing his God-given mission.
The burning bush experience was a pivotal turning point in Moses’ life. He went from a wilderness shepherd to the leader of Israel. He went from knowing little to nothing about God to having a personal encounter with the Creator of the world. It was definitely a life-changing experience!
So far, we’ve spent the last couple weeks looking at how holy ground is where we stand in the presence of God and where we receive our calling. Today, we’re going to look at our final point and take-away from this amazing event: holy ground is where intimate relationship with God starts. How did I get this point? Let’s jump back into Exodus 3 and I’ll show you.
Last week, we looked at the beginning of Moses’ burning bush experience. We left off at Exodus 3:6 where Moses realized the identity of God and was filled with healthy fear. However, God wasn’t done with Moses.
The burning bush experience’s purpose wasn’t just to introduce Moses to the God of his forefathers. No, God had a calling for Moses and a job for him to accomplish. Therefore, we’re going to continue on in this riveting narrative and discover that holy ground is also where God reveals His calling.
Moses, the former prince of Egypt, became a shepherd, taking care of his father-in-law’s flocks. He married, started a family, and pretty much settled down and made his home in the land of Midian. He probably expected to spend the rest of his days taking care of sheep. But God had other plans.
Have you ever been in a seemingly hopeless situation? Have you felt abandoned by those you cared about most? Have you felt like God had forgotten you?
Life is hard. Sometimes we go through situations or circumstances that seem insurmountable. In these times, God can feel distant or even non-existent. However, the truth of the matter is that God is still there, right by our side. He never forgets us nor does He leave us. Sometimes, we are just oblivious to His presence.
Moses’ foolishness and actions, born out of his own strength and ideas, led him to a life of outlawry and drove him to the wilderness. However, as we learned last week, God had plans for him and many lessons to teach him. But we’re putting the cart before the horse. First, let’s look at how God provided for Moses in the wilderness and what happened after his flight from Egypt.
From being scooped out of the Nile River by Egypt’s princess to later being adopted by that same royal member, Moses’ early life had many twists and turns. However, Moses didn’t stay in the royal house forever. He eventually grew up and needed to walk the path towards the great destiny God had planned for him. So it’s time for the next chapter in Moses’ story.
From the bleak prospect of drowning in the Nile River to the beautiful palace of Pharaoh, Moses’ life story took an unexpected turn at the very beginning. Because of his birth mother’s courage and ingenuity, he was given a second chance on life. And God directed his floating basket straight into the arms of a compassionate princess.
The king’s command was to toss all Hebrew male babies into the Nile. No one was exempt from this decree. While the Israelites would not voluntarily kill their sons by drowning, their Egyptians neighbors would report them and get the job done. So what were the Hebrew women to do except mourn their loss?
But there was one woman who thought outside the box. She not only obeyed Pharaoh’s command but also preserved her son’s life. That woman was Moses’ birth mom, and this is her story.
Fear is a powerful emotion. It can motivate us to do crazy things, both good and bad. A healthy fear of God will prompt us to revere Him and give Him the respect and honor due His holy name. However, fear of man can lead us to do things or make decisions we never would have made and are not always the wisest.