Have you ever said to yourself, “I don’t think I have what it takes to….”? Maybe it’s share your faith, lead a meeting, start a small group, provide for your family, start a business, or love your spouse. As we look at Moses’ life we learn something about God. God wants your inadequacy so he can fill it with his sufficiency to bring glory to his name.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Grace is not just for forgiveness and salvation, but divine favor to meet every challenge. In this verse the word “abound” is used twice. Also, notice the word “all” is repeated four times. God can make all grace abound, so we have all sufficiency in all things at all times, for all good works.
The Greek word for “abound” is perisseuo and it also means “to exceed the ordinary, to overflow, to have surplus.” This same word is used in Matthew 14:20 after Jesus fed the five thousand, which was more like ten to fifteen thousand, with five rock hard barley loaves and two tiny bluegill. Matthew 14:20 says, “They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over (perisseuo). In God’s hands, the little bit turned into leftovers. Each disciple left with an object lesson of God’s power, a take-home basket filled with food.
Many give their lives to make themselves feel sufficient. They buy houses, cars, club memberships, vacations, or earn degrees, awards, and trophies. Others do a lot of self promotion through tweets and posts. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but they can’t make us enough. Stuffed with self we can still feel empty.
Even still, Moses couldn’t see his little old self being used in this way. Listen to him as he continued working his issues out with God. In Exodus 4:1 he said, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” Notice he doesn’t say, “What if…” It’s a forgone conclusion. “They will not believe me or even listen to my voice. So, what do I do when they don’t believe me?”
God graciously gave him two signs to perform. First, God told Moses to throw down his shepherds rod. Exodus 4:3 says, “…So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.” A snake was not a new sight for Moses, but this one must have been large and aggressive because he ran.