Posted by: springsinthedesert | November 23, 2009

God wants To Use You Just The Way You Are

Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.

                  Exodus 4:10-14

For today’s devotion I would like to talk to you about a common mistake we all make in our christian life. We all know the story of Moses. Though he was born during a terrible time when the Pharoah decided to kill all the male who were born to the Israelites, God had a wonderful plan for Moses, and so he was saved from all the evil plots. He was adopted by the queen of Egypt and was given all the higher education possible. But living in the palace, he knew that he had a greater mission of saving his people, the Israelites from their bondage. Moses thought that his position, education and influence could be used for the deliverance of his people and tried to use his power in a wrong way. When he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he could not stand it and killed the Egyptian. Because of this, he had to flee to Midian, where he lived for many years, taking care of sheep, forgetting his purpose. But how much ever you try to escape from God’s plan and His purpose,He will come in search of you in the right time and will fulfill His plans for you. Our God did not forget Moses’s purpose and so He came in search of Moses and started revealing to him the great task kept infront of him.

If you read chapter 3 and 4, you will understand that God did reveal His plans, but Moses was not ready to accept His task. Years back, in the palace, he was just willing to do anything and everything to save his people from the bondage. what happened now? It is the same Moses and his mission is same..delivering his people from the Egyptians. Then what made this difference in attitude?  His situation changed. Earlier he was in the palace. His trust was in the worldly things, his status in the palace, his position in front of Pharoah as the adopted son of the queen, his knowledge and wisdom. How about today? Moses doesn’t have anything to call as his assets, except a flock of sheep, that too belongs to his father-in-law. The circumstances made him believe that he is not worthy for this higher mission.

I agree with Moses, it is not an easy job. To go to a Nation and speak to the Pharoah , to leave his people is beyond anybody’s normal capabilities. But there is a difference this time. God thinks that it is the right time and He very well know the right person. While Moses was in the wilderness taking care of the flock, God did give him training to lead this many people. So everything was well planned and perfectly arranged by God. Now then, there is another problem. Moses thinks he is not ready. He gives many excuses and one among them is that he is not eloquent. Did you notice what he said? He says “It is true that I was not eloquent in the past,but now even after God speaking to me and assigning me for this job, my speech is not improved”.

I imagine that Moses might have thought that immediately after God revealed His plans to Moses, God will rectify all the lacks in Moses’s life and make him perfect for his mission. But God had different plans. He had plans of using Moses just the way he was. After all, He is the one who created Moses as slow of speech. God never considered that as a hindrance in His plans. God might have said, Moses, I want to use you just the way you are because I know that my strength will overcome your weaknesses.I want you to trust me.” But even then he did not consider himself fit for the task and asked God to use someone else. Though God was angry at Moses, He, in his faithfulness, provided Aaron to be his spokesman. But I believe that it would not have been his first plan.

Like Moses, what are your excuses in life? Do not think that God has to make you perfect to give you a purpose in life. He wants to use you just the way you are. He is your creator, He knows your shortcomings. But when He uses you in His perfect time, for His perfect mission, your imperfection is made perfect through His mighty strength. Your mission in this life, can be fulfilled by you alone. It may not be a great job like doing a big ministry or preaching to thousands. It might be sharing your Jesus to your neighbour or comforting a broken-hearted. Or may be your mission is to intercede in prayer for someone else’s problem and remain hidden. May be what you do may not be seen to the world, but there is a God who keeps the record of everything you do for Him. Like Moses, we say, someone else is having all the qualities that God expect.Stop saying excuses to the Lord. He might give you alternatives, but that may be different from the best He has intended for you. Trust Him for what He is and not what you are. Remember…I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Philippians 4:13

In Him,

Rani John

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