Moses saw himself as a rescuer (Exodus 2:11-25).
He killed an Egyptian while rescuing a Hebrew slave and had to flee for his life.
When he reached Midian, his first act was to rescue Reuel's daughters (including his future wife) from bully shepherds.
But the years that followed changed Moses. He lost his self-confidence.
God could have used the confident young Moses, Pharaoh's adopted grandson. He was bold and self-assured. He had a position of power and influence.
But God used the elderly, fearful shepherd Moses, the "nobody" who no longer imagined himself a rescuer (Exodus 4:1-17).*
We choose leaders who are confident in themselves, confident in their abilities, those with good self-images, who believe they can do anything they set their minds to do. We choose them and try to emulate them.
But God waited until Moses was drained of his own self-confidence so he could place his confidence in God (1 Peter 5:6). May we make that our goal as well.
* God rebuked Moses for his excuses at the burning bush, but he wasn't trying to make Moses believe in himself. He was trying to make Moses believe in Him.
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