"Now Go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say."
(Exodus 4:12, New Living Translation)
Have you ever wondered what God is calling you to do? Maybe you are content in life and think this is all God has for you. Maybe you are already volunteering at church every 2nd Sunday of the month, so you are good. Maybe you are still searching for your calling. No matter the circumstances, God has an assignment for you today. As we will find in the story of Moses, we have to not only be attentive to hear his voice, but we have to be obedient to the call...even when we feel inadequate, insecure, or indecisive.
Despite your past, God can use you.
(Read Exodus 2:1-15)
As you may remember, Moses was left in a basket floating in the Nile River, when the king of Egypt's daughter found him. The princess took Moses in as his son and raised him. Even though he was a Hebrew, Moses would grow up living a life of royalty. Years later, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews and Moses anger got the best of him. Not only did Moses kill the man, but he tried to "hid" his sin, by burying the body. Moses then fled Egypt to avoid the death penalty.
If you feel like you've messed up, aren't worthy for the task, simple ain't "good enough", remember, God can use you despite your past. In fact, that is a lie from the enemy. God has great plans for you and when you acknowledge your sin, turn around and surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you have a fresh start.
Despite your circumstances, God can use you.
(Read Exodus 2:15-25, 3:1)
After fleeing Egypt, Moses started a brand new life. He settled down, got married and later raised a son. The Bible says, "Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. " So while Moses was learning how to lead his family, God's people were suffering. In his heart, Moses always knew he was suppose to help his fellow Israelites, but how? Moses must of thought, "How can you use me God? I don't live in Egypt any longer. I'm on Egypt's Most Wanted list. I'm a new husband and father and all I do anymore is just help tend my father-in-law's flock."
Your circumstances does not exclude you from God using you. In fact, the Bible says, "All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28). Just as God was working it out for Moses, he is working it out for you. God was preparing Moses to lead his home first, before he would lead his ministry. If God can use Moses despite his circumstances, God can use you. Remember, God is preparing you for something great!
Despite your insecurities, God can use you.
(Read Exodus 3:1-22)
From the Nile River, to Pharaoh's palace, to Midian, God was with Moses. It wasn't until "one day" when Moses was on the backside of the mountain tending the flock, did God call Moses. Moses was at the bottom of Mount Sinai when God called him from the middle of a burning bush, saying "Moses! Moses!. Moses replied, "Here I am!" There from the bush, God spoke to Moses and gave him an assignment - lead My people Israel out of Egypt. Like most of us, Moses became afraid of the assignment and started protesting to God, "Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?" Then came the excuses: "I can't do this. You have the wrong guy. You know my stuttering issue. Are you sure Lord?"
What excuses are holding you back from doing what God needs you to do now? Just because you don't have the words to speak or the experience doesn't excuse you from God's assignment for you. In God's eyes, excuses are just another word for disobedience. Just as God was with Moses throughout his life, God has been with you. He has brought you through some good and bad situations and yet you are still here. Why? Because God has an assignment for you. If God can use Moses despite his insecurities, God can use you.
Despite what you think, God can use you.
Despite what you think, embrace what God is calling you to do today. If you are already on assignment, GREAT! Remain faithful and let him renew you with strength to fulfill the assignment until He releases you to another assignment. If you don't know what your assignment is, just have a conversation with God. It may not be a burning bush, but God will speak to you in your prayer time and in the fire of his Word - the Holy Bible. Then look at the opportunities that are around you to serve.
Then obey God's word, "Now Go!" As you step out in faith, God will be with you and instruct you in what needs to be done. It may be a kind word to someone. An act of compassion. Maybe just a prayer. Every assignment is important, but more than that, you are important to God.
If Moses worked through his past, his circumstances and his insecurities, you can too. Just rely on God to help you fulfill your assignment. Are you ready? If so, pray and simply ask God, "Lord, what is my assignment? Open my eyes, ears and heart to know what you want me to do today. May your Holy Spirit empower me to do the work and bring glory to your name. In Jesus' Name, Amen."