When God reveals His desire to use us for a certain task, we have a tendency to dilute His desire into a simple request instead of a directive. We acknowledge the hearing of His Word (Rhema,) but at the same time raise questions as to our ability to fulfill His calling. One of our first objections to God’s leading is that He doesn’t realize our flaws. (Seriously?) With sincerity, we ascend to our mountain of self-reliance and proceed to list our imperfections. We believe that if we are honest with God, He will realize that we are not the best choice in carrying out His desire. When God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, Moses was more than ready to present his inadequacies: “Who am I?” “They will not believe me.” “I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” “Send someone else.” God had the answers: “Certainly I will be with you.” “Tell them ‘I AM hath sent you.’” “I will be with thy mouth.” “I know Aaron can speak well.” Moses, the eighty year old who traveled from riches to rags, from leading people to leading sheep, a stuttering old man who had the wool pulled over his eyes, was seeing only the sunset of his life. How many times has our self-reliance overshadowed the Word of God? Reality seems to dwarf the steps God wants us to take. If God’s Word does not fit our mind-set and circumstances, we are ready to ask God to reconsider His “offer.”
When Moses finally acquiesced to God’s plan, he faced the dilemma of seeing himself victorious. The momentary success with the Jewish leadership in Egypt was short lived. The response of Pharaoh was disastrous to the hope of the Jews; in fact, the situation in Egypt became even more ominous. Moses confronts God and rehearses his short comings by claiming that no one was listening to him. He claimed he was of “uncircumcised lips.” (Ex. 6:13, 30) How many times do Believers attempt to follow God’s leading only to seem to fail every step of the way? The more resistance we face, the more assistance Satan gives to our doubts, and soon we are either questioning God or giving up. The road to His victory may very well be a journey of difficulties and “spiritual construction” ahead, but always realize God is with us to the end. We are just the tool in the hand of the great I AM. We show up and He does the work through us!
How could an eighty year old move from being an under-achiever to being an over-comer? What he had to do was get beyond his own limitations and accept the person God was making him. God told Moses that he was to see himself as a “god” to Pharaoh, not as a babbling, tongue-tied individual. (Ex. 7:1) When are we going to start seeing ourselves as God made us? We say, “I can’t do it!” Others say, “You will fail.” Circumstances say, “It is too difficult.” Satan says, “You are worthless.” God says, “I will be with you.” To whom should we listen? Go with God and see the VICTORY.