Fresh Hope – 16th January 2018

There are many reasons why we as Christians do not pursue our dreams or fully follow our purpose and one of those reasons is “Doubt”. Moses displayed this trait when God chose him to be the leader of the Israelites. In Exodus 3, God talked with Moses about the plight of the Israelites while they were in bondage to the Egyptians. In verse 10, God gave Moses his assignment but Moses showed signs of doubt when he asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

God was preparing a servant, Moses, who would help lead the Israelites out of Egypt but Moses did not see himself this way. By doubting God he showed a lack of faith. God knew what He was doing; He knew the person He was choosing had the potential to lead His people out of Israel. Moses felt insignificant such that he gave God so many reasons why he was not fit for purpose. At times we all do. We may have a burning desire to follow a dream that we have or maybe we have a gift that God has given us to use but we find the a list of excuses why we cannot do those things. When God called Moses, he came up with many excuses why he was not the man for the job, he doubted the people would listen to him, he reminded God that he had a stammer and even went on to ask God if he had anyone else in mind that could do the job, but God chose him.

There were reasons why God performed all the miracles that He did. One was to show Moses how great He was and that Moses had nothing to worry about. God could and would take care of him. Throughout Exodus 3, Moses still expressed doubt but God continually provided reassurance. For every excuse that Moses came up with, God gave a specific response. For every doubt that Moses raised, God provided him with reassurance.

Likewise, we should not doubt what God can do in our lives. Perhaps we have wondered as Moses did ‘why would God choose me?’ Each one of us can come up with a list of things that make us inadequate or unworthy but we must realise that God has called us all for a purpose and he is working with us and in us, we need only to have an open heart. Over time, Moses eventually overcame his doubts and accepted the position that God called him to, what a great man he turned out to be. We must endeavour to do the same. We can overcome our doubt if we rely on God. Our doubt can be replaced by faith just like Moses.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Christine Mudenha

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