December 4th - Day 8 | Promises: An Advent Family Devotional
“4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 5 Then he said, ‘Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ 6 And he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God…10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ 11 But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ 12 He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
- Exodus 3:4-12
Have you ever felt unworthy or unqualified to be used by God?
Some of the most greatly used men and women in God’s story felt the same. God delights in taking people who will depend on Him to use them to do great things! You may think of Moses as the perfect choice to lead God’s people to freedom. After all, he had been adopted into Pharaoh’s house, experienced the privileges of leadership, gone to the best schools, and even felt the weight of injustice against his Hebrew brothers and sisters. Moses knew differently.
Moses’ anger problem had flared against injustice to the point of murder, forcing him to flee to the desert so many years ago. He was now a shepherd, and dreams of rescuing his people were a distant memory. If there was anyone who felt unworthy or unqualified to be used by God, it was Moses.
As the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush, calling him to go back to Egypt to lead His people to freedom, Moses tried every excuse in the book. Who am I? What if they don’t believe You sent me? What about my speech problem? He begged God to send someone else. For every excuse why Moses was not the right man for the job, God had an answer.
The same is true for you. God’s plan to use you is never restricted by your flaws, only your refusals. He always provides a way to overcome your fears. As you hang your ornament today, remember, God has an answer for every excuse of why He can’t use you. Say yes to being used by Him today!