“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2)
There are many stories and examples of reluctant heroes who went on to do great things. They run from whatever task is given them or whatever destiny is laid upon them, thinking themselves unworthy or unable to accomplish it. These peculiar heroes demonstrate to us that there is a warrior within each of us, waiting for God’s call to adventure. They teach us the theme that life is not so much about who we think we are as about who God is making us into.
Moses was certainly reluctant to begin the great quest that God had planned for him. To be a human being living under the curse of sin means to be deeply flawed, and Moses was no exception. Despite his flaws, God turned him into one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world.
Our loving God cares not only about the “big picture” – in Moses’ case, the Israelites fleeing Egypt and settling in the Promised Land – but also about our personal, individual journey. The Moses we see after forty years of leading the people of Israel through the wilderness is a very different man than the stubborn, unwilling individual who kept trying to weasel out of following God’s orders. As Moses walks with God and is led by His Spirit (however reluctantly), God’s power and love change and shape him into the faithful leader and hero God meant for him to be.
Where is God leading you? How does He intend for you to be a leader in your own life and spiritual journey? You may not feel like leadership material, but the God who created the universe out of nothing and made the prize of His creation out of the dust of the Earth can certainly make something great out of you. He has already transformed you from a sinful, rebellious state of spiritual death into a new creation and an heir of His heavenly kingdom. Whatever other leadership roles God entrusts you with in this life, you can know that your most important one is, like Moses, to lead others to the Promised Land through sharing the Gospel of forgiveness and redemption.
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” (Exodus 15:13)
Prayer: Lord God, through Your servant Moses You led your people out of captivity, through the wilderness, and into the Promised Land. Grant us Your Holy Spirit, that through the Gospel we may also lead those who are enslaved by sin to freedom in Your forgiveness; that we may have the strength and courage to face the wilderness of this life; and that we may come at last to the promised inheritance of eternal life, through Jesus Christ. Amen.