A. DEPENDING ON GOD
More than 2½ million Israelites followed Moses out of Egypt into the unknown wilderness. That was a huge leadership responsibility – one that Moses did not seek out (read Exodus 3).
Moses began as a reluctant leader. He did not believe that he had the skills or abilities to lead so large a group of people into such an important journey (Ex 3:11- 4:16). But God saw something in Moses that He desired to use. Moses’ human limitations were not a problem for God – nor are yours!
Moses argued with God about His call. He knew that he was not qualified to do what God was calling him to do (Ex 3:11-4:16). He likely doubted his own abilities and feared what this calling might involve. But God promised to be with Moses, and to provide the help he needed to fulfill God’s great assignment for him. [We will study much more about what God taught Moses about leadership in Part Two: The Biblical Pattern for Leadership Multiplication.]
WE ALL NEED SHAPING
When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, he was inexperienced in God’s way of leadership. God will often put people into places of responsibility before they feel ready or able. Perhaps you have already been thrust into a leadership position where you are facing frustration or even failure. If so, take heart!
Being given responsibility beyond what we are comfortable with is frequently part of God’s shaping process. God uses these times of “stretching” to teach us important lessons. These situations grow our faith, expand our abilities and increase our trust in God. In such times, we learn to depend more upon God (Prov 3:5,6).
The Lord encouraged Moses by assuring him that his fears and weaknesses could be overcome by God’s help and power. Moses – like every one of us – also needed teaching, shaping and help from others. He needed to develop his abilities. Most importantly, he needed a far deeper dependency upon God and His power and wisdom than ever before.
GOD’S ABILITY – NOT OURS
God does not choose His servants based upon their cleverness, talent or wisdom. If you are worried that you do not have the “skills” to fulfill God’s assignment for you, that is actually a good thing!
As a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul taught us about that very thing: “…not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1Cor 1:26-29).
Paul also recited the reasons he could have depended upon himself: his vast education; his zeal; his devout Hebrew heritage; his obedience to the Law. Yet Paul spent three years in the desert of Arabia separating himself from his own fleshly gains, in order to truly gain Christ (Gal 1:17; Phil 3:4-8).