Protected… Pursued… Pushed… into our Purpose
I love the story of Moses and how it clearly shows the process God uses to use us.
First, Moses was protected from certain danger before he even knew he needed protecting. Moses was born at a time that would have seemed to be a certain end for him… before he even had a chance to try… but God intentionally protected Moses.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Looking back over my life I can see very clearly how the Lord protected me from certain death – physical and spiritual – at times when I didn’t even know I needed protecting. I bet you could say the same thing… how do I know this? The fact that you’re reading this means He has protected you to this point… for a very specific reason.
The bible is clear through out that no one seeks after God. God is the pursuer. He is relentless. He comes after us both for our good and ultimately for His glory. Looking back over my life I can certainly say that this is not just true from what scripture says… its true based on my own experience. Here’s what else is true for me… and I bet for you… God came after me when I least expected it and in a way that I wouldn’t have expected. He designed His pursuit specifically for me.
That’s what He did for Moses… I bet that’s what He did (or is about to do) for you, too.
Exodus 3: 1-4
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
Why would God protect us and then pursue us if He didn’t have a purpose for us? I don’t think He would… He saves us to use us. Why, I really don’t know. God doesn’t need us but He has decided that for Him to secure the most glory He will use the most needy.
The problem for us – or at least for me – is that, like Moses, I don’t really want to be used. Or, I should say, I have no real desire to be placed in tough circumstances where the odds are stacked against me and I really have to trust God for things to work out. I like loving God when everything is easy and the deck is stacked in my favor. I think that’s how Moses liked loving God too.
Exodus 3: 10-14
I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
This is just the first of several attempts by Moses to get out of the whole “deliver my people” demand by God. How many times do we seek to tell God why there is a better way to do something or there is someone better to use than us or that the situation is too difficult right now and that He should wait for a better time?
What I love about God is that even though He isn’t dependent on me to do anything, He stops at nothing to get me to something He has prepared (in advance) for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). Why? I am not completely sure, but I think its simply because He loves me and wants me to have the best chance possible to love Him in the biggest way possible.
The story of Moses goes on to prove that God could use Moses to do something he didn’t think he could do AND that as a result, Moses’ love for God and his relationship with God went to places he also thought weren’t possible.
The pattern of Moses’s life – I’m starting to see – is the pattern of my life:
God’s protection – even when I can’t see it.
God’s pursuit – even when I don’t want it.
God’s pushing – even when I know I can’t do it.
Every time I say to Him, “I can’t do this…” He gently reminds me, “I know, I AM”. God loves me in THIS way – I now believe – so I can love Him more in EVERY way.