A life committed to a purpose roars throughout His Story
God used an ordinary man like Nelson Mandela to do extraordinary things and He can use you too.
By Heather Djunga
The story went something like this. Please understand I am basing my account on what could have been, based on scriptural truth.
Moses stood before a burning bush. This wasn’t like one of those Cape fires. The leaves weren’t burning. It was a sacred moment. Moses’ shoes were already off. The ground was holy. This meant that God had shown up and when God enters the scene, things get interesting.
This was a place of commissioning. God was about to release Moses into assignment. Moses had been well-trained in preparation. He had spent time learning Egyptian customs and the Egyptian’s language – the Egyptian slang, short-hand hieroglyphics etc. He had pals who were Egyptians. Even his ‘step family’ was Egyptian.
Then, he had spent some time in the wilderness –with sheep. He had learned how to round them up. Call the shots. Get them to line up and come away from danger.
Scripture says the people of God had been praying for deliverance and Moses must have been among them. He had seen the ill treatment of the Egyptians towards the Israelites. He had attended those prayer meetings for the nation. Hey those guys could pray. They even did all-nighters, blew shofars. The situation was desperate. The Israelites had none of their own capital so they were basically slaves to a very hard-hearted Pharaoh whose concern was himself and how good he looked in selfies posed alongside his riverboat on the Nile. I mean, who could afford one of those anyway?
Those Egyptians, sneaky ones, oppressing God’s people… Moses experienced what they call ‘divine discontent’ just thinking about it… he had seen it with his own eyes… it made him kind of angry inside.
“I have heard my people’s cries of distress and I am going to deliver them,” says The Voice. That is with a capital T and V. It is The Am Who I Am speaking.
Maybe in that moment Moses feels so excited by this answered prayer, he does an excited, ‘Amen! I receive it! Praise the Lord!’
But then the Lord continues, ‘And so Moses I am sending you.’
Hey? Wait a minute… suddenly Moses notices the hot sand between his toes.
The Lord is not finished…
“I am sending you to Pharaoh…”
Aye Lord? That scary guy? Have you seen how serious he is in his selfies? He has this Blue Steel pout and then there’s his henchman –
Moses starts to speak… “B-b-but I-I can hardly s-speak L-Lord…”
It’s a convincing argument. Poor Moses practically coughs the words out.
God isn’t convinced. He’s trained Moses. He knows what He has placed in Him. He already knows Moses will agree to go. How do you argue with someone who already knows you have agreed to do what He asks of you?
Poor Moses still doesn’t completely grasp what ‘holy ground’ means. It’s the sacred ground of the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End… the Lord already knows how He plans to roar and through whom and when. The one whose story it is. His Story. He’s already heard the Roar of the Red Sea parting, the Roar of water from the rock, the Roar of the blood on the doorframes. He has heard it from the timeless vantage point of the Throne of Heaven.
You must admit it. Moses was a bit ordinary. But this didn’t stop the Lord. And your ordinariness won’t stop Him either.
When the Lion roars, as the prophet Amos wrote, who can but prophesy?
When you commit your weaknesses and circumstances to Him, He will use them to roar.
He turned Mandela’s struggle against injustice, even his prison time into training time, working on his heart and character and leadership ability so that by the time he was released, he came through with a testimony and with the heart to handle his sudden elevation to power.
This same heart, a father’s heart for the nation, was essential in quelling the threats of civil war which could have destroyed us.
Let’s honour him today, but let’s do this by looking to the Saviour who reached a nation through him, and by giving our lives to this same Saviour and asking Him to Roar for the nation through us too.
Surely scripture shows us that if God can do it for one, He can do it for whosoever believes.
“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth yielded its crops.” James 5:17-18.
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