A study in separation - Moses, part 5
“Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10 (NKJV)
The third and final act of Moses’ life was about to begin. In it, he would influence the course of human history more than any single individual with the sole exception of Jesus. All the achievements of Egypt’s Pharaohs would eventually pale in comparison to what this simple shepherd was about to accomplish…the deliverance and founding of Israel.
As we’ve already seen, there was a time in Moses’ life when he was up to the task of fulfilling this destiny (Acts 7:25). But the timing in his life was all wrong. Moses would have been relying on his own abilities instead of the Lord’s, and pride would have inevitably gotten in the way.
Moses had to be humbled and brought face to face with his own weaknesses and limitations in order to fully access what God wanted to do through him. Being alone in the wilderness of Midian for forty years did that. So much so, that when God finally called Moses to rescue the Hebrews, he felt woefully inadequate:
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 NKJV)
That’s actually a great response on Moses’ part, because it shows his season of separation had produced the necessary fruit of humility. God would wind up using Moses in a mighty way, but they would both know who deserved every bit of the glory…and it wasn’t the man who had been stripped of every earthly accomplishment in the wilderness.
All of this points us to the inherent power of separation. When ordered by the Lord, it has the ability to change the core of our character unlike anything else. It transformed Moses in a profound way, and it will do the same thing in us if we’re open and yielded to it.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?