Exodus 6:26-7:7- “… These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts. It was they who spoke to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron. On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh, king of Egypt all that I say to you… You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother, Aaron, shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land… The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them. Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron, eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
I turned 28 approximately 6 months ago, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wondered if God was ever going to use me in a mighty way. When will my time come to make an impact? Will I ever get to fulfill this dream burning in my heart? Am I getting too old to pursue any new avenue of ministry?
I know. I’m a little insane… 28 is not too old for anything. But, because I was only created with the capacity to hold a finite mind, a body hindered by certain physical limitations, and a lifespan restricted by a time frame compared to a vapor, I have tiny moments of panic. When I forget that God orders my steps and guides my life, each year that passes makes me feel more and more vulnerable.
You ever been there? If so, let this story encourage you!
Moses and Aaron had far surpassed 28. They were octogenarians when God called them to do possibly the greatest task of their lives! What they did changed the future of an entire nation. Because of their obedience, millions were saved from slavery. Entire generations- multiple generations- were able to experience a total life change because God chose to use two eighty year old men to accomplish such a feat!
I’m certain that the days leading up to this point in their lives were filled with many “small miracles” and ways they both made a difference. Just like I know my everyday life is filled with wonder that I don’t even recognize, because I don’t always pray to see from God’s point of view.
I went to a concert recently where The Band Carrollton was ministering. They sang a song that I’ve been living on since that evening. I want to share a small piece of it here today:
“I have read amazing stories of all the faithful ones, wondering why today doesn’t look like that for me. But show me the miracles in the simple. Open my eyes to see that a beautiful life is found in the journey in the days in between.
You are the God of all my days. I will trust in all Your ways. Take my hands and guide my feet. I know You’re leading me. So, I’m gonna dance with You in the in-between.”
Know today that there will be times sporadically placed throughout your life where you will see and feel the intensity of what it is you’re involved in. God will use you to do great and mighty things in His name. He may send you to the other side of the world to reach a nation of people that are waiting for you to get there. You may be asked to lead a group of people in a local church or minister to a young generation who so desperately needs to understand its worth. Maybe you’ll speak at a large conference, write a piece that gets spread all across the internet, or sing in front of thousands all for the glory of Christ. Who knows what awesomeness He will lead you into… even if you’re nearly 100 years old before that day comes.
But, please understand, that every single day offers us 24 more hours to use what earthly time we have to bring Him pleasure and glory… and share hope with someone who needs it.
It’s not too late for any of us. We’re not too old, too busy, too sensitive, too sick, or too ordinary to be given a crazy opportunity to shake the planet for Jesus. Wake up each morning with a fresh, hopeful, and eager outlook. How is He going to use YOUR life today?
And believe me… He will.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for thinking I’m worth using. Thank You for having confidence in me to go about handling Your business on this earth… for allowing me the opportunity to make an eternal impact. With the busyness of life and all its obligations, sometimes I lose my focus and feel too weighed down or stressed out to do anything good for Your kingdom. On those days- in those moments- remind me that if I give You all of my life, You will find a way to use every moment in some way. I love You, Jesus. I’m so grateful for this life You’ve blessed me with! In Your precious name, amen.