Recap/Review of Chapter 4 :: Deliverance

So how do you judge what a man is worth?
By what he builds or buys?
You can never see with your eyes on earth-
Look through heaven’s eyes.

Last week as I worked my way through Chapter 4 in The Story, my intrigue landed on Moses’ view of himself.  A brief review of Moses’ life is in order:

After the goodness of Joseph’s leadership in Egypt, enough time passed along and Chapter 4 begins with the newest Pharaoh scared of the quantity of Hebrews in Egypt.  He works them harder and oppresses them, but they multiplied even faster.  The more they persecuted them, the stronger the Hebrews became.  Then Pharaoh ordered the death of every Hebrew boy born.  Moses was born under this order, but his mother sought to save his life and planted him with the Pharaoh’s daughter.  Through a crazy series of events, Moses became her son and grew up with all of the privileges of the son of a Pharaoh.  One day after Moses grew up he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and he killed the Egyptian.  The next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting each other, and when he tried to stop them, they exposed his murder from the day before.  He ran away from Egypt, fearful for his life that his secret had been discovered, because Pharaoh wanted him killed.  He hooks up with a man named Jethro and works for him and eventually marries his daughter, Zipporah.  As time passed, the Pharaoh died and the Israelites cried out to God over their slavery and begged for help.  God heard their cry and chose Moses to be his conduit of deliverance.

Moses was not the most confident man in the world at the time.  How could he be?  He was a man who wasn’t sure who he was.  He was a Hebrew son of the Pharaoh, which produced it’s own set of problems.  No matter what happened, he knew he didn’t belong as he grew up…and Pharaoh knew he didn’t belong…and Pharaoh’s other kids knew that he didn’t belong.  I can’t help but think that Moses was not in the best place of his life when God stepped in…in a big way.  Moses is out tending sheep when he sees a burning bush.  No big deal, they burned often.  But this bush wasn’t burning up.  Then God spoke to him from the bush.  He’s a little startled.  God wants him to go back to Egypt and tell the new Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go.

In Moses’ Lower Story (LS), he is an insecure shepherd who has trouble speaking.  In God’s Upper Story (US), Moses is the perfect person to showcase His greatness in delivering His children.  I understand Moses and I’m betting you do too.  Most of us have been in a situation where we felt totally inadequate – maybe in a classroom, a new job or a new relationship.  I feel this way most days that I think about the fact that I am a father of two great kids and a husband to a precious woman and pastor to an incredible group of people.  Why me?  I can’t do this.

This is just the way that God works, though.  Throughout The Story, we will see that He often chooses the lowly to accomplish great things.  It’s as if He wants there to be no confusion as to who the credit will belong.  If He chose the most eloquent speaker, we might look to the speaker as the rescuer, rather than the One spoken of.  It’s easy for us to get caught up in our LS and feel like we can’t do anything or that God would never use us to do something great in this world.  If you are of the age where you wonder where your life with, you may think that you missed your chance.  If we’ve seen anything in the past month, reading The Story, we’ve seen that God chooses His team differently than we would…and I’m glad for that.  We need to start seeing ourselves, and others, through heaven’s eyes (US).

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2 thoughts on “Recap/Review of Chapter 4 :: Deliverance

  1. I resonate with Moses. I have fled things in my past to try and escape the consequences, just as he fled Egypt so he wouldn’t have to stand judgment for the murder he committed. At age 40 (roughly) he went from ruling elite to lowly shepherd in the space of a New York Minute. I lost a great position in a company that I thought I would retire from, going from program manager to gardener in roughly the same kind of timeframe in my life..

    While we were created in His image, as one philosopher put it, “statues of the living God, walking in a Garden”, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are, who God created you to be, and wonder where you actually fit into this Story that God is telling. It’s easy to doubt yourself and start offering up excuses to God on why you can’t do what He is asking of you. Thankfully He is as loving and merciful as He is just, and His grace overcomes our inadequacies.

    I guess that’ s why I like the following quote:
    We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, talented or fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. (Marianne Williamson). I think it captures the sense that God created us in His image to reflect His glory, to showcase who He is, just like Moses.

    • Great thoughts Pete. Glad to hear them again. True humility is thinking rightly about who we are, and you reminded me that I am a conduit of God’s glory. Awesome.

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