Do You Hear Me?

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.Exodus 33:11

Why do I feel as though others have a special bond with You, God? Why do others seem to experience You, Jesus, in a more intimate way? I marvel at their spiritual awareness.

The Israelites in Moses’s day must have felt the same way as they watched Moses walk into the tent of meeting, where he met with the You, Lord, prior to the building of the tabernacle. The Bible says that all the people watched from their tents and worshiped You from afar, while You spoke to Moses face to face—talking to him as one would to a close friend. But Joshua was different. He was not content to worship You from a distance, but stayed right outside the tent. Even when Moses returned to the camp, Moses’s young aide Joshua did not leave the tent. Perhaps he was guarding the tent. Perhaps he simply could not get enough of You.

I long to be closer to You, too, Lord. I don’t need to stand at a distance, only wishing I knew You better. I can follow Joshua’s lead and go boldly into Your presence through the blood of Christ. I can hear from You firsthand as You reveal Your heart to me through Your Word. Then I can go out to the rest of the watching world and tell them about Your message of love, grace and forgiveness.

You Choose Me

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”Exodus 3:11–12

She could have given up. After all, countless other Hebrew mothers had felt the sting of Pharaoh’s order that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Who was she to think her baby should escape this fate? But Moses’ mother believed in the one who controlled everything—even the direction her basket floated as it carried her baby down the Nile and into the princess’s arms.

When Moses was older, the same question loomed before him. Who was he to be the one to free the Hebrew nation? What made him special enough to earn Pharaoh’s attention and Israel’s allegiance?

You, God, made the answer simple in Your address to Moses from the burning bush. It is never my own personal strength that earns me a place in Your divine plan. You choose my role and then equips me with Your Spirit to bring it to pass. My work is in believing You to be who You say You are and trusting You will accomplish through me whatever You have called me to do.

 

 

 

 

What If I Mess Up?

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”Exodus 4:11–12

Moses wasn’t looking for a burning bush. But there it was, blazing away in his path—in the middle of the desert.

Moses wasn’t looking for a sign from You, God, because life was finally “normal” for him. Having escaped into anonymity from his former life as Egyptian royalty, he was very content with his plain-but-comfortable surroundings. His family, his job as a shepherd—his life was predictable and safe.

But You were calling him to a much bigger mission than the wilderness of Midian could afford. It would mean risk. Even danger. Worse still, the possibility of failure. So Moses answered You the same way I often do when You call me out of my comfort zone.

What if they don’t believe me? What if they won’t listen? What if I mess up? And ultimately, who am I to be the one for so great a task?

Your answer to Moses is the same for me. It’s not who I am, it’s who You are. It wasn’t about skills or abilities or persuasion or looks or money. It was about You, the One who is the great “I am,” the Creator and sustainer of the universe, who is more than able to make my obedience matter in Your kingdom. I will trust the great I Am!

You Were There In The Midst Of It All

He thought he had escaped his past and hidden well in his new hometown of Midian. Life back in Egypt had been both hard and good. Good in that Moses enjoyed the privileges and education of royalty as an adopted son in Pharaoh’s kingdom. Hard, because he never forgot his true heritage. He was an Israelite by birth, and it had pained him terribly to see his own people so badly abused. In their defense, one day he killed a cruel Egyptian taskmaster who was tormenting a fellow Hebrew. The loyalty cost him his royal position and he fled to Midian to start a new life—an easier one. The sheep he tended there never argued or fought. They simply followed his lead, and life became good again.

Then You, God, showed up, blazing in a bush along Moses’ path, his life flaming with Your passion. “Go set my people free,” You commanded. Fear attacked from all sides. How could Moses say no to a holy God? But how could an ordinary shepherd deliver a nation?

“Send someone else,” he countered. But You would not have it. You had chosen Moses from before birth for this task, equipped him in ways he hadn’t even understood. Eventually, Moses began to see. The great I AM would be everything he could need, his own inadequacies insignificant in Your light—powerful, just, and compassionate— leading through him.

So Moses obeyed, step by step, and Israel’s history changed forever. Through ten disastrous plagues, You demonstrated Your supremacy over worthless Egyptian idols. Then leading Your people on dry land through a parted Red Sea, You sealed Egypt’s attempt to recapture the Israelites by drowning all who pursued them.

The Israelites slowly realized they were a people again—Your people, freed from former bondage to worship the One who delivered them. Moses as mediator received Your commands for holy living, instructions for the Tabernacle. He explained to Your people what it meant to have fellowship with You, a righteous God…what it looked like for their relationship to be restored, to be one again.

At Exodus’ conclusion, they built the Tabernacle, and Your glory descended to fill it. You had come to dwell with Your people, to love and lead them through life. Your cloud by day and fire by night reminded Moses and all Your people: The great I AM always has been and forever will be the one you need.