Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Who Made Man's Mouth?
I don't know how many of you have seen the movie the Prince of Egypt. I have included a link to probably the most powerful part of the movie. Moses has run out of Egypt. He is living in exile as a shepard. He stumbles above a bush that is burning but not consumed. Suddenly, he is listening to the audible voice of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God tells Moses that he has seen the oppression of the Israelites in Egypt and he has decided to send Moses back to Egypt to free his people from bondage. He begins to argue with God. He tells God he has chosen the wrong man. In Exodus 4:11-12, God responds to Moses.
The Lord said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say".
It is a beautiful picture of a humble man who does not feel at all worth of the task God has set before him. He has escaped Egypt as a murderer. He is an enemy to the Egyptians. He is the former Prince of Egypt, he is an enemy to the Israelites. He doesn't see in his finite mind how God could use him to accomplish his goals. Who would listen to him? He is probably worried that either group will kill him if he returns to Egypt. He has grown comfortable in exile. He has married and he is a shepherd. He has grown comfortable in this new life. He doesn't have all of the luxuries he was used to in Egypt, but he is comfortable. He can see himself growing old and dying in this wilderness. He does not want to give any of that up for the unknown that God has called him to.
How many of us have the same feelings? We get set in our routines that when God calls us to something new and unknown, then we are frozen in inaction. We can't possibly leave the life that we have created for ourselves. We have a good job. How will I pay my bills? I must be hearing God wrong. I am not worthy for this task! He has to be out of his mind. God is calling us out. He is calling us to something higher and more risky. We have to abandon our comfort. We may need to leave our comfort zone. Our you prepared? Are you resisting him because he hasn't laid out a five-year plan? God never provides that for us. He promises to be with us. The God of the universe has promised to stand with us. We have been called to stand in the gap, but God has promised to be by our side! In the bigger picture, how could we resist that.
We have a problem with faith. If this life were all about being decent people, then we would ace the test. We don't drink or smoke. We guard the types of entertainment that we enjoy. We go to Church every week. God hasn't called us to any of that. There is nothing wrong with all of those things, but God has something bigger and better for us. He wants us to know him in such an intimate way, that we rely on him fully. He is calling us out of our wilderness. Are you willing to listen? I know I spend more time in doubt, then I do in trusting him. God has promised to give us what we ask of him. We should ask him to give us more faith. Then in faith we should step out of our wilderness and into the mission he is calling us to. That life will be more rewarding than what you are living right now. God doesn't call you out of your comfort, because he doesn't want you to be comfortable. He is calling us out because we have settled for second best. He has something greater for us. Something so amazing you won't believe it when you see it.