The Life of Moses has come to my attention lately. According to the Scriptures he lived to be 120yrs old. His life was broken into three 40yr. periods.
Of course the first 40yrs. of Moses’ life was lived in Egypt. He was a Hebrew, but he was raised as the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter. He had all of the privilege the grandson of Pharaoh might expect to have. He had wealth and a great education to go with it. In the 7th chapter of the book of Acts Stephen said, “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.” So Moses was smart and powerful in speech while living in Egypt. He was “somebody.”
Moses’ life took an unexpected turn one day. He came across an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, and he stepped in to defend the Hebrew. Moses ended up killing the Egyptian and burying him in the sand. The next day he found two Hebrews fighting, when he tried to break it up they said to him, “who made you Lord of us? Are you going to kill us like you did the Egyptian?” Moses knew he had been found out; so he ran away into the desert.
For the next 40yrs. Moses lived in the back side of the desert as a sheepherder. It was as if Moses was privileged to go to college and earn some degrees only to find his self working at a minimum wage job. What do you bet Moses now thought of himself as a “nobody?” Sometimes God’s classroom is life itself when it isn’t so easy or even making any sense to us. Moses probably never thought, while leading sheep, he would one day lead God’s people. After years, of what might have seemed like pointless sheep herding, the pivotal day came. God spoke to him through a burning bush and sent him to lead the Children of Israel out from under Pharaoh’s oppressive hand.
The next 40yrs. which were to be the last of Moses’ life were monumental in the history of Israel. Here was this educated well spoken man, which was raised as royalty, herding sheep. When God spoke to Moses through the burning bush his life had turned into something he never could have predicted. In Egypt, Moses seemed confident of his place. I mean he apparently had the world by the tail; seeing how he was essentially the grandson of none other than Pharaoh himself. He more than likely would have been in line to inherit the throne one day. The letter to the Hebrews tells us, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” Now he finds himself a humbled man being called by God to a task he knows he is not competent to do. Isn’t that just like God? He seems to always call us to things we are incapable of just so we understand without him we can do nothing!
Moses is probably the biggest name found in the Bible aside from Jesus Christ himself. Yet he had to spend 40yrs. in the wilderness tending sheep in order to be ready to lead God’s people. While Moses was educated, wealthy and confident in himself God knew he wasn’t ready. By today’s standards Moses would have had several degrees and been expected to do great things. According to God he had to become broken and completely dependent on him first. All in all what did Moses learn? He found out when he was “somebody” God didn’t call him, but when he recognized he really was “nobody” God used him mightily. That’s still how God does things today. He “uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” I am not saying God can’t or doesn’t work through smart or rich people, but I am saying it seems like most of the time we have to come to the end of ourselves in order for God to have room to work in our lives. God likes to work through nobodies.
Written by Louie