Moses to the Rescue

This 1-minute devotion explains how Moses' high self-esteem messed him up.

Moses saw himself as a rescuer
(Exodus 2:11-25)

When he was living in the Pharoah's household, he killed an Egyptian while rescuing a Hebrew slave. This made him lose his standing, and he had to flee for his life.

When he escaped to Midian, his first act was to rescue Reuel's daughters (including his future wife Zipporah) from bully shepherds.

But the years that followed changed Moses. He lost his self-confidence.  

Please notice that God didn't use the confident young Moses, Pharaoh's adopted grandson, even though Moses was bold and self-assured, having position, power, and influence.

God waited to use the older shepherd Moses. 

When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, this older Moses felt like a nobody, not a rescuer. The Lord rebuked him for his excuses, but it wasn't because He wanted Moses to start trusting his human power, wisdom, and strength again. Instead, God wanted him to trust His divine power, wisdom, and strength (Exodus 4:1-17). 

We typically choose self-confident leaders with high self-esteem. But God chooses leaders who esteem Him and place their confidence in Him. And Moses is an excellent example.

So let's listen carefully to these scriptural commands:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.…Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (Proverbs 3:51 Peter 5:6).


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This 1-minute devotion explains how Moses' high self-esteem messed him up.

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  1. That is an interesting point about Moses. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Hi Gail, great point. I read this morning in Proverbs about pride and humility and the outcome thereof. God uses those who feel they cannot do it in their own strength, but in His.
    God bless

  3. Maybe that is why I am so leary of myself. Maybe God wants me to stay "un-proud". Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow. This is deep. May God use the best version of myself, even when it means it's the version i hate most.