Have you ever left for a long trip and stood over your suitcase wondering what it is that you are forgetting? Have you ever loaded that suitcase you thought had all the essential things in it, only to realize one hour down the road that you forgot all your socks? Have you ever stood at a business meeting and realized that you forgot that report you had worked all week prior to the meeting to produce? Have you ever pulled that pie out of the oven, only to realize you never added the sugar that the recipe asked for? Have you ever opened you gym bag to suit up for the big game and realized that you forgot to pack your shoes?
We all have certainly had one of these things happen to us at some point or another in our lives. An interesting story is in our Bible about a man named Moses. He had been born during a time of captivity for the Jews, but was raised in the home of the Pharaoh of Egypt (by the amazing grace of God). He had tried to take matters into his own hands when he defended some Jewish slaves, only to see that backfire in his face. He had run to the wilderness to hide. After forty years of hiding, God called him from a burning bush to lead Israel out of bondage. He thought that he was not prepared to lead anyone. He asked God about the authority he would have to lead. What should he say was his authority? God’s reply was this: “And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM:’ and He said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you’” (Exodus 3:14). Moses had looked into his bag of personal authority and found he was missing a key ingredient … no one had listened to him before, and he was sure no one would listen now. There was one big difference that we need to realize in our lives too. This time, Moses was not going on his own leadership; but the God of eternity had sent him. Make sure today that the plans you are making are at the direction and leadership of this God. Don’t make big plans to serve God … to lead your family/friends … to serve God, without first making sure that I AM has sent you. When you are going in His power and with His authority … you will have all you need to get the job done. We have just returned from Ukraine. A trip that is far outside of my comfort zone; but God did amazing things again! I watched God give two saved wives, saved husbands. These ladies had been praying for their Deaf husbands to trust Christ. I could not make them become saved, but God reached down and did what we could not. He will do the same for you today, if you will trust Him.
“A leader’s first victory is over himself.” – Unknown