Let’s talk about Moses. You think he was scared? I bet he was! Moses, the man confronted by the burning bush, by God himself, the man who was commanded by the Lord to free the Israelites. How do you think he felt when God asked him to do what seemed like the impossible?
But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ Exodus 3:11
Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me ‘what is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?’ Exodus 3: 13
What if they don’t believe me or listen to me and say ‘The lord did not appear to you?’ Exodus 4:1
Moses said to the Lord, ‘O lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past or since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ Exodus 4:10
Moses said, ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it!!’ Exodus 4: 13
Oh how we can relate to dear old Moses! When life gets a little scary, do you ever find yourself asking God to just let someone else do it? Do you make excuses? Moses was worried about how people would respond to him. He was afraid he wasn’t powerful enough to confront Pharaoh. He was afraid he wasn’t smart enough to deliver the right words to Pharaoh. He was thinking up every possible outcome for a future event that hadn’t happened yet. He was just down right frightened. I would have been too.
But God said to Moses…
And He was. With God’s help, Moses delivered the Israelites from Egypt.
God is ALWAYS with us and He never forsakes us. This should give us courage and hope for our own lives!
After Moses’ death, Joshua is commanded by the Lord to lead the people…
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Joshua 1:6-7
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Just as God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous, He commands us to live courageously!
God often calls us to do something that is bigger than ourselves. We simply can’t do what He’s asked on our own. But that’s the point!
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Are you living courageously?
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