From Wildnerness To Wildnerness

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Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt But Moses said to God “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? Exodus 3:10-11 (NIV)


Have you ever struggled with a thought like “how could God possibly use me for His Glory?” or “Will I ever be the kind of person I need to be for God to use me?” When I focus of my weaknesses and the things with which I struggle, I’m not even sure why Jesus died for me, let alone use me for His Glory! Does your past haunt you and make it difficult to believe that Jesus has forgiven you? Maybe the thought of Him using your past for any good seems so farfetched. Well let me tell you a secret—for years I struggled with these thoughts! I’m not saying I don’t ever have those kinds of thoughts anymore, but they surely don’t control me like they did in the past.  For years, it was difficult for me to believe that God could use my past for anything other than the condemnation that I put on myself!

I am so thankful God gave us an example in the Bible of a man who could not imagine being used God either. His name is Moses, and as you know, Moses was a basket case. I can relate to Moses (even though I didn’t start out in a basket) because, like Moses, I have been rescued. As you read the story of Moses, you see that God waited to call Moses to deliver His people until after Moses became an exiled murderer and had gone from living in the home of a king to being a shepherd in the desert. I can’t wait to get to heaven and ask Moses if he ever imagined when he was running for his life in the wilderness that God would use him to lead two to three million people to freedom. I can’t help but think Moses had no clue for what God was preparing him as he was learning to be a shepherd. He probably thought his life was worthless. He had given up all the riches of living in the king’s palace and found himself living in the wilderness while taking care of sheep. Moses needed to learn to be a shepherd. Little did he know that God would call him to shepherd His sheep and to lead them to freedom.

As you look at your own life, can you imagine God using your past or present life as a means to help someone else who may be going through similar struggles?  Has God revealed truth to you that has helped you overcome sin? Has God given you truth to set you free from the baggage of your past? Would you like to use these truths to help someone else walk in freedom?

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The SipMindy Fletcher