One of my favorite things about the Bible is that there are so many stories of God choosing the least likely individuals to accomplish his will. Reading how God uses these unlikely heroes is encouraging to us today. It gives us hope that God has a purpose for us no matter where we come from or what we have done. He wants to use us to accomplish his will, and he is with us to help us live out his purpose.
One of my favorite characters in the Bible is Moses. He was a Jew raised by an Egyptian princess, but he snapped after seeing how the Egyptians treated his fellow Hebrews whom they had enslaved.
Exodus 2:11-12 NIV
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
After this, Moses had to flee Egypt because Pharaoh was trying to kill him. Eventually, Moses settled in Midian, where he married Zipporah and had his first child. Despite this, he still felt as though he was a “foreigner in a foreign land.”
Exodus 2:23-25 NIV
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
God hadn’t forgotten about the Israelites, and the time for them to leave Egypt was coming soon. God had a plan to get them out, and it involved using Moses to lead them. However, Moses wasn’t quite sure about all of this. In fact, when God appeared to him, Moses made every excuse not to participate in God’s plan.
Exodus 3:11 NIV
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
As we read through Exodus 3 and 4, we see that Moses doubted he was worthy for the task God was calling him to. Who was he to lead the Israelites out of Egypt? In his mind, he was a murderer living in hiding. Plus, what would he say? He didn’t have any authority to demand anything from Pharaoh. He could tell him that God sent him, but why would Pharaoh believe him? Especially when he stuttered and didn’t have the right words to say. The more he thought about it and talked to God, the more clearly it became that he wasn’t the right guy.
Exodus 4:13 NIV
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
God saw it differently, though. While Moses saw his life as a mess, God saw his life as preparation to give God’s message of deliverance.
This past weekend, Ben Snyder shared that God wants to take your mess and turn it into a message. Know that no matter your background, what you have done, and what mess you find yourself in today, God has a purpose for you and wants to use what you have gone through to make a difference. Today’s mess can be turned into a message of hope and deliverance to those around you when you give it to God and ask him to point you to the places he wants you to share your message.
Which of Moses’ excuses do you find yourself using?
Do you believe that God can use your life to share his saving message with others?
Think about your life today. Ask God to show you how your current mess or past messes in your life can be used for his Glory?
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21 Days of Prayer: Day 19
Dear God, we pray for our leaders—from local leaders to state leaders, national leaders to workplace leaders, to those leading schools and homes. God, I am thinking specifically of… (name a few leaders specifically). Grant our leaders wisdom in this unprecedented time. Bring success to every step that honors you and frustrate any step toward evil. Guide and protect them and bring clarity as they make difficult decisions day in and day out. Help me to extend grace and confidence to the leaders you have placed over me. Amen.
21 Days of Prayer: Day 20
Dear heavenly Father, today we pray for our weekend services. We pray that every guest is open to receiving what you have for them this weekend. I pray specifically for… (insert names of those you have invited here). We pray that the message, worship, and every interaction they have with our DreamTeam points to you and helps them to see that they matter to you. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
21 Days of Prayer: Day 21
Dear God, today we pray for our churches. Guide us to be places of hope and healing to our communities. We humbly ask for you to help us meet the needs in our cities. Thank you for providing resources to help meet the physical needs in our communities, and help us point to you as the only one who can meet their spiritual needs. No matter what, use us to introduce people to Jesus and the amazing life of purpose he has for them. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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