Chronicled in the Pentateuch (or Torah): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy; referenced throughout the Bible
When thinking of what it takes to be a leader, there are certain qualities that typically come to mind: intelligent, well-spoken, confident, charismatic, slow to anger, unimpeachable moral character, etc. Moses did not possess several of these characteristics, which disqualified him from the conversation, right? Let’s talk about it.
Moses was born Hebrew but was raised as an Egyptian. The Egyptian ruler (or Pharoah) was afraid that the Hebrews—who were slaves to the Egyptians—would rise up against them if their numbers grew large, so he decreed that every firstborn Hebrew son would be killed. Moses’ mother hid him in the river, where he was found by Pharoah’s daughter and raised as her own. The old adage stands true, especially in the case of Moses. You can take the man out of his home, but you can’t take the home out of the man. In other words, Moses was a Hebrew regardless of how he was raised. It was his people he saw day after day being treated like property.
One day, he had all he could stand. Moses’ rage was kindled when he saw an Egyptian master beating a Hebrew slave. Moses rose up against the Egyptian and slew him. He hid his body in the sand and fled to Midian, as Pharoah sought to kill him when he heard the news. It was during his time in Midian that Moses became who we all know him to be. Moses settled in Midian, married, and tended flocks with his father-in-law Jethro (the priest of Midian).
Suddenly, God appeared to Moses in the form of a bush that was burning but not consumed. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Moses hesitated, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Moses immediately sold himself short.
Time after time, Moses came up with excuses as to why he was not “good enough” to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Whether it was that they wouldn’t believe he was sent of the Lord or that he was slow of speech or that someone else was “more qualified,” Moses was convinced he was not the man for the task. God knew otherwise and had an answer for every one of his objections. God used Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage. He was the man, after all. When God says He will use you, believe He will use you and then let Him!
So, how do we triumph in the midst of trial? Don’t let your limitations limit you. God doesn’t need your ability. He needs your availability.