Ever though you were not _________ enough to be used by God? You fill in the blank: qualified enough, good enough, smart enough, holy enough, old enough, young enough? This week we’re reading about God’s call to Moses to go to Egypt and redeem his people out of slavery and into freedom. Did you know that Moses was 80 years old when that call came? Now, before you start thinking, “Well, people lived a lot longer back then so 80 was still young!” let me remind you that Moses was 120 when he died. So, if in today’s world we live until we’re 90, then it would be like God calling us at 60. When I was a child, I thought 60 was ancient. As I have grown older and now am less than a decade away from this number, it’s looking younger and younger! Seriously, though, how many times have we thought we’re too old to do something great for God? Look at these numbers:
- 62: The age of J.R.R. Tolkien when he published The Lord of the Rings
- 66: The age of Noah Webster when he completed the American Dictionary of the English Language
- 72: The age of Oscar Swahn when he competed in the Olympics in 1920
- 80: The age of Jessica Tandy when she won an Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy
- 87: The age of Doris Lessing when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007
- 101: The age of inventor and astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot when he received a patent
- 103: The age of Oscar Niemeyer when he completed the design for an architectural project in Leipzig, Germany.
The call of Moses is a reminder of an important truth from God’s Word: You are never too anything to be used by God in powerful ways. I love what Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:10-11:
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
May you hear God’s call this week, and when you do may you have the courage to say “Yes” to that call, bringing glory to God through Jesus Christ!