[This post was originally written on the 9th July 2015 on an old blog]
Exodus 3:10 – Come now therefore, and I will send YOU… [Emphasis mine] (AMP)
Abba desires to use each one of us as an answer to somebody’s prayer. The truth is, He could easily answer miraculously “by fire”, but He has chosen to use us as the vessels through which He moves in this earth.
A look at Moses
Moses was the answer to 400 years of prayers from the Hebrew people who had been placed in bondage. The Bible tells us in Exodus 2:24 that, “God heard their sighing and groaning…” And in verse 25 that He, “saw the Israelites and took knowledge of them and concerned Himself about them…” (AMP). These two verses alone reveal to us that our cries of oppression reach our Father in Heaven. He truly does concern Himself with us and when He hears, He sets a plan in motion.
In the instance mentioned above, Moses was that plan; he was God’s solution to the cry of His people. Did Moses choose himself? No, it was God who chose Moses. However, without Moses’ cooperation, the plan of God would not have come into effect.
Exodus 3:7-10; And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
This passage of scripture is interesting because God clearly says that He has come down to deliver the people, yet He also tells Moses that He is sending him. Like a warrior going out to battle, the Lord chooses His tools for each fight – in this instance He chose Moses. Unlike inanimate tools, the Lord’s chosen instrument (Moses) had to choose whether He wanted to be chosen or not. This is the same for all of us who the Lord chooses. It is God who chooses which prayer He wants to use us to answer; however, it is our choice as to whether we will take up the offer or not.
This small lesson is so humbling for me because it reveals God’s desire to allow us to be a part of what He does. He could easily do it all Himself, yet He chooses to use us and allow us to be a part of the amazing things He does. The only reason we see Moses as a great prophet of the Lord is because God firstly chose Him and because secondly, Moses said yes. By simply saying ‘yes’ we get the privilege of bearing a name associated with God for all eternity. Whenever we think of Moses, we immediately think of a great deliverer who saw God face to face and was used mightily by the Lord. This too can be our testimony if we only say yes when the Lord knocks at our door for help.
What I said last is a sobering point, but it is true. When Abba comes to us and says that He is “sending us” He is effectively asking us for help. He is all powerful, yet He has made Himself subject to the need of a human vessel to work through. Think about this last point… It truly shows how amazingly humble our God is.
If this post only even causes you to fall in love with God that tiny bit more, I pray that the next time He asks you for help, it will be easier for you to say yes. Amen.
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