As mankind, we love to compare ourselves to others. This is especially true among God’s people! People tend to minimize the sins the struggle with and maximize the sins they don’t commit. We will put down a fellow Christian who struggles with cigarettes while at the same time we are listening to ungodly music. Eventually, we need to realize that we all struggle in different areas from time to time!
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23
Unfortunately, these sins will often discourage us from following God’s will for our life. Our past can make us feel unworthy or unqualified to fill the shoes that God is wanting us to fill. Let’s take a look at Moses, a man in the Bible that seemed unqualified yet was used greatly by God!
1. He had a Bad Upbringing
“And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.” – Exodus 1:16
When Moses was born, there was a law ordering any Hebrew baby boy to be killed! He was born into a country that didn’t want him. Thankfully, God protected baby Moses during this time!
“(10) And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” – Exodus 2:10
After Moses reached a certain age, he was forced to move into Pharaoh’s palace to be raised by the heathen. Being raised in the palace means that he had no access to learning about God and was instead taught about the over 5,000 gods that the Egyptians worshipped at the time! Moses’ upbringing was far from ideal.
2. He was a Murderer
“(11) And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.” – Exodus 2:11-12
Many people will let certain sins keep themselves from serving God… but most of those sins would seem small when compared to murder.
3. He was Unqualified
“(10) And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” – Exodus 4:10
Moses wasn’t comfortable with public speaking and most likely had a stuttering problem of some sort, and God was asking him to go to Pharaoh and deliver a message? In our eyes, Moses was not qualified for the job… surely there was a better option out there!
These are two of my favorite words! They mark a complete shift from the impossible to the possible. From being doomed to hell on our own to having the opportunity to get saved through the blood of Jesus… “But God commendeth his love toward us” – Romans 5:8a!
The same is true with Moses’ life! Moses wasn’t supposed to live… BUT GOD made a way! Moses wasn’t supposed to be used by God… BUT GOD looked past his sin! Moses wasn’t qualified… BUT GOD doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called!
Despite his past, God used Moses to…
Did Moses have his fair share of problems? Absolutely… but we need to realize that we are all unworthy to be used by God… BUT GOD still wants to use us! No matter what problems you have had in your life, God is still waiting for you to follow his will. It’s not about our abilities or talents… it’s about what God wants to do through us!