In the first 40 years of the life of Moses we see that he had been miraculously preserved to fulfill a divine purpose that God had in mind for him to do. As a baby (of a slave) he was adopted into the family of the Pharaoh of Egypt through the supernatural intervention of God. There he was educated with the best that the ancient world had to offer. As he grew into manhood he became fully aware of the plight of his people. This culminated in the incident in which he killed an Egyptian for cruelly mistreating an Israelite. Then he had to flee for his life to the Sinai desert.
During the second 40 years of his life he lived in the desert and became a shepherd. By this time his dream to come to the aid of his people had all but died. It was towards the end of this period that God appeared to Moses and rekindled his call to set His people free.
During the last 40 years of the life of Moses he was used by God to free the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt and bring them to the Promised Land. God wanted to take this group of over a million slaves and transform them into men and women who had a heart to follow Him and were surrendered to His will and His word. Moses was the instrument that God chose to accomplish this huge task.
Quote from Dwight L. Moody concerning Moses:
Moses spent his first forty years thinking he was somebody. He spent his second forty years learning he was a nobody. He spent his third forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.
Principle Scriptures: Ex 33:7-11; Nu 12:6-8 and Dt 34:10-12. Moses had a special relationship with God. He was faithful to God and God used him mightily.
Why was God able to powerfully use this man named Moses?
1. Willing to hear and obey even if it was the hardest thing he had ever done.
Had to face his past sin he had committed murder (Ex 2:11-14).
Had to face his fears (fear of Egyptian leaders, fear of dying, fear of speaking in public, fear of rejection, fear of failure) (Ex 4:1; 4:10-16; 6:12; 6:30).
Had to face the fact that God had chosen him to accomplish a task. He doesnt forget His calling. Gods calling gave him purpose (Ex 6:13; Heb 3:2).
Had to make a life career change at the age of 80 (late mid-life for him) (Ex 7:7)
Had to have faith in God that He would do what He said that He would do (Ex 3:7-10 & 6:1-9). When people lose faith in God it is because they have forgotten who He is. They have lost sight of:
1. His power (2Ch 20:6)
2. His purpose for our life (Ro 8:28)
3. His presence which is always near (2Ch 20:12 and Da 3:16-18)
4. His peace (Ps 29:11; 37:34-40)
Had to face rejection The Egyptians rejected him as their adopted son; the Israelites rejected him as their savior (Ex 5:20-23, 6:9).
Had to become a worshipper and a singer of songs (Ex 15:1-19 about God rescuing them from the Egyptians; Ex 34:8 about being a worshipper) Dt 31:22; Rev 15:3
2. Willing to go farther than others in his pursuit of God
Others did not seek God deliberately and consistently (Ex 19:3; 20:18-20; 24:15-18; 34:28-29). Twice Moses fasted 40 days in the presence of the Lord. He was willing to withdraw from everyday activities and spend time with God.
Others took the liberty to make a master plan for their own life. Moses did not want to pursue anything major in his life without Gods permission and presence (Ex 33:13-17).
Others were afraid of Gods power and majesty and chose not to come close to God. Moses went up to the mountain of God.
Others lived in disobedience. Moses chose to obey (Ex 40:16)
Others sought a name for themselves (such as Miriam and Aaron, Korah, Dathen and Abriram in Nu 16). Moses was very humble (Nu 12:3). James 4:8 & 10, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
3. Willing to stay with and minister to imperfect people
They were chained (by their own choice) to their past (gods of Egypt, food of Egypt, the sins of Egypt, etc.)
They were weak and often lived in sin.They were petty, immature, and ungodly. They often committed the worst of atrocities against God.
They refused to have faith in God. When God promised to give them the Promised Land they refused to believe that He could. They chose instead to believe that He wanted them to fail.
4. Willing to acknowledge His sin and accept the consequences even when it meant the loss of the greatest goal of his life (Nu 20:2-12; Pr 28:13).
5. Willing to pass the torch to another, fully realizing he was only a steward of Gods leadership (Nu 27).
He accepted Gods choice for the good of the people.
He showed his acceptance of Gods will by anointing Joshua in the sight of all the people.
We are called into fellowship with God (1Co 1:9; Rev 3:20; Ps 145:18, Ps 42:1). We must hunger and thirst for Gods presence.
We must be willing to seek Gods will (hear) and obey. This means total surrender of all our plans and aspirations.
We must be willing to respond rightly to correction and discipline (Rev 3:19; 2Ti 3:16).
We must be willing to face many storms in life. All trials will reveal our heart and our measure of faith in God.
We must remember that we have access into Gods presence through Jesus Christ (Heb 10:19-22; Ps 24:3-4).
1. As I examine my own life, what are the hindrances that keep me from walking with God at a more intimate level?
2. What steps am I going to take to remove these hindrances and press into my relationship with Christ?
3. Do I have a call to ministry? If so, what am I going to do about it?
4. Have I fully surrendered to God in every area of my life?