A Word for this Week - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of November 11-17, 2019: “Moment in Time” … Exodus 3:1-5

“Remember where you are!” This was proclaimed by the Washington Nationals’ radio announcer Charlie Slowes to all “Nats” fans at the moment their team won the 2019 World Series. It was as if, at that moment in time, all these fans-- whether at the ballpark, in their car, at home, or even in their bathroom—had their feet planted on “holy ground”.

In Exodus 3:1-15, we read of someone who truly did have his feet on holy ground. Unlike the Nationals’ victory, this event—Moses encountering God at the Burning Bush—happened in a desolate setting. But some 3,500 years later, we still remember this moment in time. From this momentous event of God calling Moses, we learn much about our own calling in Christ.

First, Moses had a sinful failing in his past—his killing of an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave (Exodus 2:11-15). But God was still able, in time, to use Moses in a big way. Maybe you have had your own past failings. Maybe its been hard for you to forgive yourself for them. But if God could use Moses, along with fellow past murderers like King David and the Apostle Paul, He can certainly use you—even in view of your own broken past.

Secondly, Moses was called at an advanced age (he was eighty years old). Still, he was strengthened by God to lead Israel for forty years (Deuteronomy 34:7). You too may be older, but God can still use you to do big things—or many “little things” that “add up”. Then, it might seem that your own life, for years even decades, may have dragged on as if you’ve been in a desolate wilderness. But could be that, as it was for Moses during his forty years in Midian, God is humbling you and smoothing out your “rough edges” before using you in a big way?

As with Moses, the Lord has His plans for you. Maybe, like Moses, you wonder how God could possibly use you (Exodus 3:11). But God assures you, as He did with Moses, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). He wants you to know, “Remember where you are—in the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16). Yes, He truly is, for us, “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:14)—our ever-present God who, in Christ, proclaims to us “I Am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25-26).

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