4 Things God Supplies to Overwhelmed Leaders
Author: Greg Norwine, Campus Pastor at The Orchard – Itasca Campus
Have you ever felt out of your league as a leader? Well you may be surprised to know that one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, Moses, can totally identify with those feelings. Even so, God used Moses in the most amazing ways.
When God called Moses to deliver his people from Egypt, it is helpful to put yourself in Moses’ sandals. He grew up in the house of Pharaoh and fled as a wanted fugitive after killing an Egyptian. And now God speaks through a burning bush telling him to go back and do the impossible.
Moses questioned God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:7-11 ESV)
What does God do for Moses? God in his infinite mercy supplies four things to Moses that apply to overwhelmed leaders today:
1. His presence
He said, “But I will be with you…” Exodus 3:12
God manifesting His presence in a special way is one of the great benefits of the Gospel. Before you came to Christ you were His enemy. You were actually under His wrath. But in Christ, you have been reconciled to God. And as one of God’s people you experience His presence to bless you.
You see God doing this with Moses and the people of Israel in the wilderness. He was with them in a butt by day and pillar of fire by night. He led, provided for and protected them. And God has promised to be with you. He says, “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
2. His Power
“But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.” Exodus 3:19-20
What were the chances of Moses waltzing into Egypt and freeing the Hebrew people on his own? There was none. But this was not about Moses’ power but about God’s. God basically said to Moses, “You provide the obedience, Moses. I’ll provide the power.” What power do you and I have to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, change a human heart, or make someone grow spiritually? None.
Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). He means apart from Jesus you can do nothing of spiritual significance. Why? Because only God has the power to make a spiritual difference in the lives of people. We sometimes think we can handle ministry on our own but it’s a trap. We need to rely on the power of God for effective ministry.
3. His Providence
But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Exodus 4:10-12
Moses is immobilized by his own inadequacies. He says, “I don’t have the verbal skills to do this. I’m slow of speech. I’m not a good public speaker!” And God says, “Moses, trust My providence.” God’s providence is how He orders the circumstances of this world to make sure His will is accomplished. God says, “Look Moses … who controls these things? And I have made sure that you have what you need to accomplish what I called you to do.
Do you believe that? Do you believe that God was in control of the abilities, the education, the background, the intelligence, the physical characteristics that you have? Do you believe God has given you what you need to accomplish the task He has put before you?
Trust that He has even given you the weaknesses you have so you will depend on Him.
4. His Partners
But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. Exodus 4:13-15
Moses is complaining about his lack of speaking ability. And God says, “I’ll give you a partner to fill in where you are weak.” That’s God’s way throughout the Scriptures. That is why he calls the church the body of Christ. We all need one another. We each have a role to play. We each have a unique contribution to make. You need people around you who can fill in where you are weak. And you can do the same for them.
In the midst of this passage that shows us the mercy of God, we also see God’s anger triggered by Moses saying “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13).
God puts up with our fears and insecurities. But He does not accept our disobedience.
And here is the encouraging part. You can do it because of the four things God has promised you. God has given you great responsibility as a leader. Fortunately He has given you equally great resources and promises to empower you to fulfill that responsibility as well.Tags: Leadership, Moses, Old Testament