Week 2: Moses and the Burning Bush
‘Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, 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.”’ Exodus 4:10
None of us are exempt from insecurity. We all struggle with our identity, our confidence, our callings, and our worth. Although God sent His son to die for our sins and instill our value within us once and for all, we still struggle with believing and walking in the confidence that we are good enough because of God’s love for us. We are not alone in this struggle.
We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect and reach a certain standard in order for God to use us. If we see even a single flaw we have, we disqualify ourselves from how God wants to use us. But the truth is, none of us are perfect… and God knows that. Our imperfection, our flaws, and the things we struggle with are fully seen and known by God and it doesn’t scare Him or keep Him from using us in the great ways He has planned.
Even a great man like Moses was insecure. When he had grown up and was watching over the Israelites he got angry and murdered an Egyptian. He ran away from what he did and lived in the shame and guilt of his sin. He also didn’t think his speech was eloquent enough in order to actually be used by God because he stuttered and was slow in his speech. He asked God multiple times to use someone besides him, but God still wanted Moses. It was at this time that God sent a sign to Moses in the form of a burning bush that did not burn up. When Moses realized that God was behind this and wanted to speak to him about setting the Israelites free, Moses did not think that the people would believe him. So God showed that He would be with Moses through turning his staff into a snake and back again, and healing his hand from leprosy. But Moses still wanted God to use someone else.
God does not change His mind about our potential, our abilities, or how He wants to use us. Although Moses saw all of his imperfections that should have disqualified him from being used by God, God saw past those things and saw His strength ability within Moses. The moral of the story is: we can honor God by trusting that regardless of our imperfections, He still wants to use us for the great things He has planned.
Questions to think about:
- What lies are you believing about yourself?
- How are those lies hindering you from walking in all that God has for you?
- How can you choose to walk confidently in how God sees you, regardless of your imperfections?