The Life of Moses

If you could have any Super Power which one would it be? Which power is it? Powers like super-human strength, or maybe you would like to travel faster than the speed of light. The truth is, many of us want to experience invulnerability because we realize how insufficient we are with just being ourselves. How many of us act that way towards God? We look at our weaknesses, insecurities, and failures, and we tell ourselves: “How can God use someone like me?” In this series called “Broken Pieces,” we see how God uses broken people in the bible to glorify His name. This week’s devotional is on Moses.

“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.” Exodus 2:11

Many of us know the story of Moses. That he was a Hebrew man that lived in a Pharaoh’s house while many of his fellow Hebrew brothers slaved in Egypt. It’s one of the bibles most told stories through children’s books, Sunday school classes, and even Hollywood movies. But even though Moses was a man of God, Moses was the type of person who needed anger-management classes.

“Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand… when Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian…” Exodus 2:12, 15

What a dramatic change in plot. Not only did Moses respond in anger by killing someone, he tried to sweep it under the carpet while nobody was looking. How often do we try to hide our mistakes away? Right now, we are getting a very different picture of Moses. He doesn’t look like the deliverer that God promised to the Hebrew nation, instead he’s guilty of being a murderer on the run. How many of us live our lives feeling guilty, always on the run?

But God redeems us. While Moses was on the run living in Midian for many years, God appeared to him and calls him to lead the Hebrew nation out of Egypt. But this is how Moses responds:

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

In other words, Moses’ response to God is what most of us are saying to ourselves today: “How can God use someone like me?” But despite Moses’ mistakes, God was able to use someone broken, to Glorify His name and lead His people out of Egypt.

“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” Deuteronomy 34:10

What are you running from today? What mistakes are you clinging on to? Spend some time this week reading through the life of Moses. Even when Moses was with God he still made mistakes. God wants to redeem you, open your heart and trust in Him.

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