11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and
bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 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.”
I wonder how many times in the past 40 years since Moses left Egypt did he replay it all in his mind and wish he had done it differently. How many times did he wish that he had waited on God? How many times did he say if I had to do it over again, I would…?
The Lord has appeared to Moses and the time to stop rehearsing the past and move forward into the future has come. But it seems Moses isn’t sure he wants this assignment, he is full of doubt. His response of “Here I am” has changed to: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Moses feels unworthy of this assignment. I am sure he wants to say, “Remember, I messed up last time; I murdered a man; I left my people in bondage; I left You out and worked my own plan. I am a failure. No way, I am a much better leader of this flock than I am of people. There is no way that I can return to Egypt, to Pharaoh, or to the people.
Forty years ago, the proud deliverer of Israel thought he was equal to the job without God. The shepherd Moses has found the humility needed to be used by God. Yes, he was unworthy. We all are. The man who believes he is deserving or equal to the privilege of being used by God is ripe for correction.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12
The Moses who left the palace was confident in himself. God has allowed him a season to realize that his confidence was misplaced. The Lord has taken 40 years to help Moses understand that that man working in the natural is not equal to the work of God. The man who relys on the world’s education without knowledge of and direction from God is not qualified for the work of God. The man who has lived or is living in a palace is not qualified for Kingdom work if he does not have the Spirit of God living in him. The natural man who possesses it all…is still lacking the anointing required to do the work of God. Man apart from God can do nothing…’no thing’ of spiritual value.
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Moses’ confidence needs to be in the Lord, not self. We see this in God’s answer to Moses, “I will be with you.“
Last time, Moses went alone. The Lord assures him, “I will be with you.” I am the difference maker. I will do this, you will be my instrument. He gives Moses further assurance, “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.” I am going to bring you right back to this same mountain with my people and you will worship me here.
Moses will learn this truth:
Moses alone = failure.
Moses + God is the majority = victory.
Most of us have been there, done that! The Great God I Am is the God of redemption, even out of our failures He is able to bring life when we place our confidence in Him instead of ourselves. Amen and Amen! Hallelujah and thank you, Jesus!