Eleventh Day of Lent

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15

It has been said concerning Moses, “Moses spent the first 40 years of his life in Pharaoh’s court learning to be a somebody, the next 40 years of his life on the back side of the desert learning to be a nobody and the last 40 years of his life showing the world what God can do with a nobody”. After 40 years of herding Jethro’s sheep Moses was an 80 year old man with very little self esteem. His curiosity was aroused when he saw a bush on fire, but not burning up. As he drew near he heard his name called and he answered, “Here I am”. He was then told to remove his sandals because he was in God’s presence. He fell on his face and God called him to do a great and impossible feat, to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses began to make excuses, “I am not adequate”, “I am not equipped”, “I am not eloquent”. God assured Moses of His presence and His power. 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.” For God the work was already accomplished.

We may feel very insignificant and ill prepared to serve God. He calls us to serve not because of who or how great we are, but in order that He will receive glory by doing great things through us. Be open to God’s call and in obedience do great exploits resting on His promises and basking in His presence.

~Murray Carter, Minnedosa ECC, Minnedosa, MB