The Ways God Calls Us
Published by Deborah Negron M.A.
January 8, 2020
He sees the Desperate need.
He operates miraculously.
He Reveals His Will and purpose for Our Lives
We see Moses in Exodus 3.
Moses had fled Egypt. He had made a lofe for himself tending the sheep of Jethro his father in law. Yet God had already purposed to call Moses.
He had been called since before he had grown up. He was the baby in the River, hidden by his parents, guarded by his sister Miriam.
He had been raised by Pharoah’s daughter.
Here, now, he is in the wilderness of Midian.
Exodus 3:1-7, 9-12,
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”
Note the burning bush. God drew Moses with the miraculous. He demonstrated his power to Moses.
Moses responds and goes to the burning bush.
Then God speaks to Moses and shows him that where he is about to step into is holy ground. Moses responds taking off his shoes and God reveals to him, that he is the God of his fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God reminds him of his own heritage. He reminds Moses of his true identity.
When we come to God he reveals to us our state. Who we truly are. He shows us his power so we can come to terms with who we are. We are broken, sinful, disconnected from our true purpose. God reminds Moses.
He then explains, I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt. That is, the very place you fled from, this is where you need to go back to. There are others that need to be DELIVERED.
God shows Moses His Divine Purpose for Moses’ life. “I Will Send Thee. I Will Send You. To Pharoah.”
Notice, God confronted Moses with his past, his weakness, his fears and his sin.
God confronts us today. He reminds us of our need of Him.
He had prepared Moses in that wilderness. As a shepherd, he had to confront wolves that might have come toward the sheep. He had to learn the tough terrain. He had to know when to stop and rest and when to have the sheep graze. Oh God had a plan. His purpose had been from the beginning. Even when Moses had fled Egypt, it had been in God’s plan. Even when Moses had been placed in that river, it had been planned by God.
Let’s look at another familiar Man, David. That little boy in Jesse’s house. The youngest, smallest of the bunch. He had been ignored to a degree. When the prophet Samuel was told of God to go and find a new king for Israel. No one expected the runt of the family to be it.
In 1 Samuel 16:1-5, 7, 10-13,
And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord . And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth–lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord : sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
Here we find Israel in turmoil. The king they had wanted and had rejected God for, had become evil and had not been wise. He had caused God’s people to be in turmoil with the surrounding countries. God had seen the affliction of his people. He set out to give them a better leader. A new king.
But the little, ordinary, sheep herding boy, had not even been invited to the table. He had not even been considered. He was left tending sheep. We find that even the prophet of God was looking for appearances. He was looking at height and body structure. He was looking at all the sons of Jesse and had even been wrong in thinking it was one of them. Yet God showed him a valuable lesson. Man sees what is in front of his eyes. But God knows the heart.
God noticed the little shpherd boy. Hiw well he kept his father’s sheep. He was one who sang and worshiped in his personal day to day life. The young David. Was not concerned with out ward appearances. He was focused on the job. Later in his life we see him fighting Goliah the giant. We see him recall how he had fought off bears and lions to keep his dad’s sheep.
So this is the boy God chose. One who sought him intimately. One who knew how to listen and be alert in order to protect the sheep.
God had been preparing him for a greater task. He too would lead his people as king.
In David’s case we see the miracles of God performed as David walks in faith. He came against the Giant Goliath in the name of the Lord in 1 Samuel 17.
We see how God was with David as he had to flee from king Saul who became jealous of David’s popularity and sought to kill him. From 1 Samuel 19 to chapter 24 we see king Saul attempting to kill David.
Yet we see God unfolding his purpose in David’s life. God was preparing him and molding him to become a good and righteous king over Israel.