“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

John Ortberg puts himself in Moses’ place, when Moses saw the burning bush and was told by God that he was the one to rescue his people from slavery. When Moses heard God’s commands to confront Pharaoh, wouldn’t he have felt that God’s timing was strange? Forty years earlier, Moses had been at the peak of his life, living as the privileged son of the Pharaoh, with powerful connections and ways of getting things done. Now he was an eighty-year-old fugitive, a nobody, living in a desert. Moses was stunned by God’s command. He objected, saying he was not the one to confront Pharaoh. What was God thinking?

We may not see burning bushes or hear commands as dramatic as what God told Moses. Yet, what we may have to do and the timing of God’s answers to our prayers may seem just as strange. We feel inadequate, or we feel this isn’t the best time for something to happen. We feel trapped in our circumstances or that God expects more of us that we can possibly deliver. Just as God led Moses through incredible adventures that would change all of human history, he still leads those who will stop and listen to Him. Sometimes the messages seem garbled or unrealistic, but as we pray and seek the leading of his Spirit, we also become part of God’s drama.

John Ortberg says that when we respond to God, “ordinary people can receive power for extraordinary change.” All those excuses that Moses cast up to God so he could duck out became irrelevant. Moses obeyed and returned to Egypt, facing Pharaoh again and becoming the conduit for God’s power. We each have our pharaohs to face. When we stop and listen to God and then move at the impulse of his love, we, too, can become conduits for His work in the world.

Adapted from One Year Book of Encouragement