In this series on leadership, we are looking at leaders God has called and the character required for their position. As we saw with Gideon, he was a humble man who did not think himself worthy of the call or the role of leader to bring Israel to victory over Midian. Now we turn to another man God called who felt unqualified-- MOSES.
Moses was born at a dangerous time in history – when all male babies were to be murdered at birth! He would have been killed by the Pharaoh if it had not been that “the midwives feared God” (Exodus 1:17). Through divine planning and protection, Moses is raised by the daughter of Pharaoh and spends forty years in the wilderness of Midian “keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro” (3:1). Note what happens as Moses carries out his daily responsibilities.
“And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”” (Exodus 3:2–4).
Too often we think that we have to perform some unusual act of faith to get God’s attention. He is watching ordinary people who are being faithful in ordinary responsibilities. Are you being faithful in your wilderness? It is the place of preparation! God will visit you in His way and in His time if you remain faithful. Do not become impatient, even if forty years have passed. Be faithful where you are, in the circumstances, learning to live by trusting God implicitly!
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