[The Lord said] The cries of the people of Israel have reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians have oppressed them with heavy tasks. Now go, for I am sending you [Moses] to Pharaoh. You will lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. Exodus 3:9–10
Year after year of doing the same thing leads us to think that nothing will ever change. Life will be just like this forever. However, things do change. When the Lord feels we have learned what he wanted to teach us, and we are ready to move on, our lives can be transformed in a matter of hours.
This was Moses’ experience. For forty years he was a shepherd, herding his father-in-law’s sheep, living a quiet isolated life in Midian with his wife and two sons. When suddenly in a day, his life of quiet solitude is over, and he is headed to Egypt to bring God’s people out of slavery.
Moses could not see himself back in Egypt, going to the courts of the pharaohs and dealing with the Egyptian royalty as he had in the past. Those days were gone, he was a different person. He felt unworthy, unprepared, inadequate and old! He wasn’t at the top of his game any more. How could an aged shepherd talk to Pharaoh, the ruler of the most powerful country in the world?
However, it was not the rash and overconfident Moses that God wanted to use; it was the new Moses, the humble Moses, that was fully dependent on God. That’s who the Lord wanted to lead His people out of Egypt.
Do you think at times, that things will never change? You seem to do the same thing, day after day. You don’t feel like you are growing spiritually, or in any other way. Maybe you think your time of usefulness to the Lord is at an end? Hold onto your hat’s, because you are now ready for the Lord to use you in an exciting new way.
The Lord is always at work in our lives. Our times of trials, success and even boredom are stepping stones and teaching moments to emotional growth and greater faith in our Lord. Be encouraged. The Lord has great plans ahead for you.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the times of waiting in our lives. Thank you that we can trust you to work for our good, even if we can’t see it at the moment. Bring the change we need into our lives in your good time. We love you Lord. Amen.