I love Moses. I can so relate to him.[tweetherder]When Moses thought he was ready to do great things for God, he wasn’t. And then when he thought he wasn’t ready, he was![/tweetherder]
When Moses was forty years old, he struck out to save an entire Israelite nation from slavery…all by his lonesome.
God hadn’t called him to do it. He just thought it was a good idea. As a result, he failed miserably and ran for his life to the desert.
After forty more years, when he was eighty years old and barely able to put two words together without stuttering, God spoke to him from a burning bush and told him he was now ready.
I hope you’ll go back and read of the story in Exodus 1-3. Here are some observations I made this morning about good old Moses in those three chapters.
God’s dream for Moses in Exodus 3 was the same dream Moses had for his life in Exodus 2. Yet, Moses had forgotten the flame that burned in his heart so many years before – to free the Hebrew people. He had forgotten his passion, his purpose, and his preordained preparation for the task.
However, God had not forgotten. He was simply waiting for Moses to get ready.
Where did Moses go wrong when he was forty? He went ahead of God.
He wasn’t wrong in his vision or his desire to free the Israelites. He was wrong in how he went about it.
He left God out of the equation. Moses tried to accomplish his dreams in his own strength and with his own abilities.
God wanted a man who was aware of his inadequacies; a man who would depend on God’s strength, wisdom, and power. And at eighty, Moses was that man.
So many times, when we think we are ready, we aren’t. Then when we think we aren’t ready, we are. So what does it mean to be ready? We are ready when….
- We are willing to pray for God to accomplish His dreams for our lives rather than our own.
- We realize that we can accomplish nothing in our own strength, talents, and abilities, but are totally dependent on God to work in and though us.
- We understand that God wants to accomplish God-sized dreams in our lives.
- We are willing to accomplish God’s dreams in God’s ways in God’s timing.
Paul wrote: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9). “For you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do,” (Ephesians 2:10).
Have you forgotten your dream? Have you forgotten your passion, your purpose or your preordained preparation for all God has prepared for you? If so, consider allowing God to stoke the smoldering embers into a flame.
And here’s something else to consider: Are you ready to depend on God to work in you and through you? Are you ready to depend on God’s strength and abilities to accomplish great assignments that He has planned just for you?
If you are ready to get ready, leave a comment that says “I’m ready for all that God has planned for me!”
At the end of today, I’m going to randomly pick 3 comments and send a free copy of my book, 5 Dreams of Every Woman…and How God Longs to Fulfill Them.