Moses was a great leader, chosen by God to ‘set His people free’ from years of bondage and slavery. Great miracles and plagues were wrought through this man. Often, when people picture Moses, they think of the ‘Hollywood’ Moses represented by the great Actor, Charleston Heston. We see this very dapper and handsome man of great strength who stood up to Pharaoh, the most powerful man on the planet in those days. He had this robust commanding voice that made the greatest men fear. A natural born leader, right?
Moses was scared to do what God was telling him to do. He felt inadequate and incapable. Moses had a speech impediment and it made him feel that God was making a mistake in choosing him for such an auspicious job. ‘Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since Thou hast spoken to Thy servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10). Moses was a Jew, raised as an Egyptian, who married a Black-African woman. Yet Hollywood chose Charlton Heston to portray this man on the big screen as some great super-hero. No doubt, Moses was a wonderful and great man…but not because of the attributes portrayed in the movies. Moses was a great man because of his humility and heart’s desire to serve the true God. Truly, man looks upon appearances, while God looks upon the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7).
In addition, Moses lost his temper. He had just come down from the Mountaintop where he spent time alone with God in an awesome way where God had written His Ten Commandments by means of His own finger (Exodus 31:18; DT. 9:10; Ex 32:16). What does Moses do once he leaves that tremendous encounter with God? He casts those tablets to the ground and smashes them. (EX. 32:19). Back in Exodus 17:12, Moses became weary. He needed to sit down and get assistance in holding up his arms. Not exactly the vigorous and virile Charlton Heston type.
Even Jesus grew weary and had to sit down and rest. (John 4:4-6) ‘The word wearied in this verse is kopiaó and it means to labor until worn-out, depleted (exhausted). He was not just a little tired. He was kaput. He was exhausted, and He was hungry, and He was thirsty.’ (Proven Path). Jesus even needed assistance in carrying His Cross (MT. 27:32). Truly, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak in more ways than one. (MT. 26:41).
We who grieve often abide 24/7 in a state of weariness. If we push ourselves beyond our limits to attend to the needs of others, we will eventually run into a brick wall and collapse. It is inevitable. If Moses and Jesus became weary, why do we place greater demands upon ourselves? Who’s expectations are we attempting to adhere to in pushing the envelope? The only One we need to please is our God. Our self-esteem ought not reside in ‘works’. Rather, it comes from God. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (MT. 25:23) is of more value to me than the praises of a multitude. If I know God is pleased with me, quite honestly the opinion of others is meaningless. If I know God is pleased with me, my opinion of myself is meaningless. I’m not here to please ‘man’ nor myself. God’s opinion of me is all that matters.
1 Samuel 15:22
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
God understands weariness. (IS. 43:24; Malachi 2:17). He beckons us to come unto Him to be refreshed.
Jeremiah 31: (VOICE)
25 I will satisfy those who are weary, and I will refresh every soul in the grips of sorrow.
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