Wednesday, February 19, 2020

God Equips the Called

God doesn't just call the equipped. He equips whoever He calls.

Putting a leadership spotlight on Moses today. The development of his character is really an inspiration. 1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that God isn't concerned with our outward appearance. He looks at the heart. That's evident as we see many instances in the Bible of God using unexpected people to carry out His will. Moses is one of those people. The Exodus journey is one of those times.

The book of Deuteronomy completes a long, important section of the Bible where, to summarize, God uses Moses to deliver His people from slavery and then lays down the law for them. Throughout this important story, we watch Moses rise into the position of a mighty leader. It's such a gradual transition, as we read the trials of the journey and see the Israelites test Moses' patience and challenge his authority so many times. Before his death, Moses addresses all of them with these powerful words and then blesses the tribes before he departs up the mountain to die, knowing he won't get to join them in the land being promised to them by God. The prophetic words are long and inspired, an appropriate closure to Moses' years spent with the Israelites -- time after time convincing them of God's faithfulness. When we arrive at the end of Moses' life, you almost can't imagine him being anything other than a strong, persistent, humble, and encouraged leader.
But remember in Exodus 4, when God first called him to confront Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt? Let's visit that passage [Exodus 4:10-13] real quick:
Moses said to the Lord , “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 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.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.
That was Moses, the same man who would later deliver that long speech to the entirety of Israel, straight up telling God at the beginning to send someone else because he wasn't good at speaking and didn't think anyone would ever listen to him. Yet we see all that was done through him!Was it easy? No. And Moses learned hard lessons along the way. But God was with him and provided for Moses everything he would need, including exactly what to say and even someone to say it for him at the beginning.

Be encouraged. God equips the ones He calls. And where He guides, He provides.

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