Lessons from Moses
Moses and I could have been besties. I can relate closely to his doubt, questioning, and lack of trust in God.
In my opinion, Moses’ life was one of the most powerful in the Old Testament. There are major lessons to be learned from Him.
I want to start with this… Moses DID NOT make it to the promise land. He did not get to experience this blessing or dream that he worked so hard for.
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”Numbers 20:12
First, Moses doubted himself every step of the way. He felt unqualified, he was embarrassed of his speech, and he was afraid that people would not listen to him let alone believe him.
Let’s remember God’s truths here and the fact that God used Moses through his doubt…
“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the saints inheritance in the light.”Colossians 1:12
If God calls you He will qualify you.
It is up to us to follow that calling. God loves us so much that He gave us free will and He isn’t willing to make us love Him back. He wants us to freely choose Him.
Another point to make is that the will of God will be accomplished with or without us. Moses did not take his people into the promised land but Joshua did.
So, let’s not miss our blessing, dreams, and promised land because of doubt, trust issues, questioning, and hesitations. Let’s look at the do’s and don’ts we can learn from Moses’ life to help guide us in building our God confidence and standing in full acknowledgment of our gifts, calling, and purpose.
- Find community
- Exodus 18:25 Moses chose capable men to surround himself with and make leaders of the people.
- Ask for help
- Exodus 18:1-27 Moses asked his father-in-law for leadership advice.
- Be persistent
- Exodus 5-10 Moses did not give up when the Pharaoh rejected him. He continued over and over 10 times until his people were released.
- Use your gifts and gain confidence
- Exodus Throughout this book we see Moses continue to take the next right step while building his God-confidence. The man who questioned his worth was not the same man that led his people out of slavery.
- Psalm 27:8-9 God tells us to seek His face. We can see from Moses’ life that he consistently called upon God and requested His presence over and over.
- Be humble
- Numbers 12:3 “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”
- Stop making excuses
- Exodus 3:11- 4:1-13 Moses continued to make excuses as to why he shouldn’t be the one that God used. He could speak, no on would believe him, who am I to do this work.
- Stop questioning your qualification
- Exodus 4:13 Moses pleaded with God to send someone else. He couldn’t understand why he would be called to such work.
- Don’t take credit for God’s work
- Numbers 18-20 Moses used “we” in reference to him and Aaron when striking the rock to produce water. He failed to give credit where it was owed.
- Don’t lack trust in God
- Exodus 20:10-13 When Moses took credit for God’s work he also showed a lack of trust and failed to show God’s holiness. This ultimately kept him from the promise land.
Friends, let’s take these lessons and grow our God-confidence while saying yes to what God has called us to do.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss the promised land. I want to live with Jesus in abundance experiencing all He has to offer me in this life. I want to continue to say, “YES”.