Like most families, we enjoy taking our kids to amusement parks to experience roller coasters. At the gate, there is a critical height requirement each child must meet. The ruler at each entrance is about 48 inches high. For the kids who don’t measure up, they have to sit it out. Life is a wild ride with many twists and turns, ups and downs. After a few failures and shortcomings, we can feel like we don’t measure up anymore. We want to board and experience the adventure of living, but looking up from where we are we don’t see how.
In time, Moses began to see himself this way. He not only lost his career, while keeping his father-in-law’s sheep he lost his mojo, charisma, and gift of gab. According to Acts 7:22, as a young stud in Pharaoh’s court, he was “mighty in words and deeds.” But now he desperately needed a Toastmaster’s Club. Once mighty Moses now struggled with the hidden giants of inferiority and inadequacy.
In David A Seamand’s helpful book Healing for Damaged Emotions, he writes, “Satan’s greatest psychological weapon is a gut-level feeling of inferiority, inadequacy, and low self-worth. This feeling shackles many Christians, despite wonderful spiritual experiences, despite their faith and knowledge of God’s Word…they are tied up in knots, bound by terrible feelings of…worthlessness.” He goes on to give four ways inferiority shatters our lives – by paralyzing potential, destroying dreams, ruining relationships, and sabotaging our Christian service. If you’ve ever battled with this formidable adversary you’ll be helped by Exodus 3 and 4. God graciously came to Moses, encouraged, and called him to a higher place. Let’s take a closer look.
Exodus 3:1 says, “Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”