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Is God Calling Me Despite My Circumstance?

Saying, “Yes” to God is not always easy when we are called to do extraordinary things. We ask ourselves appropriate questions like:

Does it make sense? How will I pay for it? What will happen to my family? Am I qualified? Am I prepared? Will I be ready?

It’s a good thing, “God shows no partiality,” (Acts 10:34) because if that we the case we’re definitely not qualified, thoroughly unprepared, and probably not ready to do what may not make sense that we can’t afford that will most definitely impact our families. 

So, what’s next? We seek God and say, “Yes.” 

Notice, when God calls Moses (Exodus 2:11-3:22), Moses is not at church, not on a spiritual retreat, and not driving home from small group.

Rather, Moses is a fugitive of justice (Exodus 2:11-13), product of foster care (Exodus 2:5-11), and survivor of genocide (Exodus 1) who had taken asylum after crossing the border into Midian where he fell in love (Exodus 2:15-16), got married (Exodus 2:21-22), and worked in the family business of his father-in-law Jethro tending sheep (Exodus 3:1).

God calls Moses despite Moses having a speech impediment (Exodus 4:10) to tell the most powerful ruler in the world, “God said _____________” and have everybody look at him like he’s crazy – all while working with siblings he has not seen in decades.

Good luck convincing the Misses with that story.

Confronted now by the call of God, Moses must tell his wife Zipporah, “Baby, after consulting with burning sticks in the deserts, God wants me to…”


Zipporah has probably already rolled her eyes, put her hands on hips, and is on verge of letting Moses have it.  The best part is Moses has not even told her yet, God needs him to quit his job.

Truthfully, we don’t know how Zipporah reacted to Moses sharing God’s new plan for his life and by extension the life of their whole family.  All we know is that Moses is so convicted by an encounter with God “on the clock” at work, he was willing to jeopardize the security of his family by returning to Egypt and confront the baggage fleeing into Midian was designed to alleviate. 

Why? Because Moses hears the voice disciples have heard echoing through the centuries, lyricized best by the nineteenth century hymn writer Will Thompson, “Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—Calling for you and for me.”

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