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THE POWER OF HUMILITY

March 11, 2015

Wednesday

 

Exodus 3:11

(Moses)

 

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

 

 

LESSON

 

Moses had become genuinely humble during his years as a mere shepherd in Midian. Earlier an Israelite had asked Moses, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us?” Now Moses asked the same thing of God: “Who am I that I should . . . bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” “Some time before he had offered himself of his own accord as a deliverer and judge; but now he had learned humility in the school of Midian, and was filled in consequence with distrust of his own power and fitness. The son of Pharaoh’s daughter had become a shepherd, and felt himself too weak to go to Pharaoh.” Moses was reluctant to serve God because he was too self-conscious and not God-conscious enough. We need to balance the truth of John 15:5 (“Without me you can do nothing.”) with that of Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”). Our success as God’s servants does not depend on our natural abilities as much as on our trust and obedience. As the sign on the church marquee proclaimed: “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Moses was God’s chosen deliverer. The children of Israel were in bondage, and God heard their cries, their prayers. They were in an impossible situation but through God, however, impossibilities became very possible. Moses often failed in his attempts to help–But he never gave up and quit–Even when we fail we must never give up, we must not quit.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 1:43

 

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