As an adult, Moses began to witness the horrible conditions under which his own people lived. One day, he came upon an Egyptian brutally beating a Hebrew slave. Likely trained in the art of combat, Moses killed the taskmaster and hid his body. Pharaoh found out what happened and vowed to kill his daughter’s adopted son. So Moses decided to run and disappeared into the land of Midian.
For the next forty years, Moses spent his life tending to sheep in the wilderness. All the while, every Israelite knew of the divine prophecy regarding Abraham and longed for God’s deliverance. But then the fateful day came when God decided to introduce Himself to the fugitive shepherd in a unique yet intriguing way—through a burning, but not consuming fire in a large desert bush.
Watch God’s interaction with Moses as He calls the wayward shepherd to lead His people.
A fascinating Scriptural detail here is that God’s introduction to Moses is recorded as an actual conversation—a back-and-forth interactive dialogue. God is personally interacting with Moses, just as He had with Adam, Noah, and Abraham.
Moses asked God two distinct questions to which we can all relate: “Who am I to do this?” and “What if my people don’t believe me?” His first and very human response was to convey: “I can’t do this.” How many times have we all felt those same doubts and struggles?
The key for us all is found when God tells Moses, “I will be with you.” God knows we cannot do His assignments without Him. He may make us the means but He is the End, inviting and allowing us to be intimately involved in His Kingdom work on Earth.
God initiated a deep and intimate friendship between He and Moses—a pattern established for a relationship that we too can experience in our own lives today, because of Jesus Christ.
A crucial focal point of this passage is to come to understand that God wants this same kind of relationship with you. He has not left you alone either, but desires to walk with you, empower your life, and speak with you as a friend, just as He did with Moses.
What are some insecurities and doubts that Moses had that you also struggle with and can relate? Have you come to the place of accepting that God is your God?