At every point in your life you have a certain set of skills to deal with life’s challenges. We learn from education, family, friends and experience. This learning process accompanies us for a lifetime. Some are better students of life than others, but everyone learns.
Moses certainly had some serious skills. He was educated as a prince in the most advanced culture of his time. Eventually his reactions to life’s circumstances exiled him from Egypt, and he became a simple shepherd. Talk about a wide life experience.
Maybe the story should have ended there. Maybe Moses should have been left in peace to tend his sheep and raise his family. Is the simple life too much to ask?
Then God shows up… and in typical Creator-of-the-Universe fashion, he makes you an offer you can’t refuse.
When Moses returned to Egypt to liberate the Hebrew nation, his skills probably came in handy. He certainly knew his way around the Pharaoh’s kingdom. Pharaoh was his adopted brother after all. Still, this was not even close to being enough to get the job done.
In order to liberate his fellow Hebrews, Moses had to enter into an entirely different realm of complete trust and dependence on God.
Are you at that moment? Where all your knowledge, experience and skills are suddenly limited?
I’ve been there, many times. And I’ve discovered a secret – I am always at that point. I just don’t see it clearly sometimes. Instead, I rely on my skills, strength and experience to get me around.
True freedom from bondage comes only from trust in God.
When we trust him completely, all the forces of heaven conspire in our favor. Miracles occur and even death passes over us. Obstacles as wide as the sea are pushed aside by God’s mighty hand. It can be scary and it takes time, but God’s work is unmistakable.
In all things, trust God today.