Devotional - January 27, 2017

Scripture: Exodus 1 & 2

Happy Friday guys, I hope everyone has had an awesome week! My week has been pretty good. Nothing crazy this week, which is good, but I know coming from a rough last week, I needed this week. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. Anybody doing anything unique and fun? I know my wife wanted to take me out tomorrow for my birthday, since the baby will be born the day before. I am curious to see how we handle birthdays in the next coming years. If I had to guess my daughter gets one weekend and I get the next. Or she gets it and I get nothing! Lol that is pretty much how it might be.

I finished the book of Genesis yesterday and started the book of Exodus. As I read through the birth of Moses, the mother and father were from the tribe of Levi, which Levi was a son of Joseph. The bible does not say what they originally named the baby because Moses was the name that the Pharaoh’s daughter choose for him when she adopted him. So I wonder if he had another name. Also the bible says that he was a “special baby”. I wonder what was special about the baby. I know that to every parent, their child is the most special and beautiful baby on the planet, but the bible does not say that Moses’ parents thought that he was special, it just says that he was a “special baby”.  I caught some of these things today and when I get some time I will dig a little deeper to get some answers.

“God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called”
— Rodney Gage

Could you imagine Moses’ life? He was born with a death warrant. He was abandoned by his parents and left in the hands of strangers. He was born into an entirely different culture and I could only imagine how much of an outcast he felt like growing up. Let’s just say the start of Moses’ life wasn’t exactly “heroic” or “called-like”. Is your life similar in some ways to Moses’ life? You were possibly born into rough circumstances. You were dealt cards that you were not ready for? Life hasn’t tossed you the perfect pitch in life? Would you think I am crazy if I said that, that is exactly what God looks for! God looks for the unqualified. My Pastor, Rodney Gage said it best last night. He said, “God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called” That is powerful and liberating at the same time.

Your life does not have to be painted perfectly for God to use it. You don’t have to have all the skills, talents and abilities to be used by God. God wants you just as you are. That thought has liberated me throughout the years and at times I still have to remind myself of that. Throughout the different avenues of my life, career, ministry, hobbies, etc. God has surrounded me around very talented and successful people and at times it has made me feel inadequate, but God always reminds me that in my weakness, He is strong. In my imperfection, he is perfection and like the bible says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Prayer: My prayer is that you don’t allow any limitation or circumstances in your life to paralyze or bring fear to you. God has called you for such a time as this. God will never leave you nor forsake you, so go after it. He will lead you. He will equip you.

Challenge: I challenge you to write down a list of your weakness and strengths. Ask yourself how will I grow my weaknesses to strengths and how will I grow my strengths even further.