I have to admit, Moses irritates me. When I read about his interactions with God, especially his initial responses, I find myself getting frustrated with his negative objections. Here is a man chosen by God to perform miraculous feats, to lead an entire nation out of slavery, and yet his first instinct is to protest and question. It’s exasperating to see Moses doubt his own worth and abilities in the face of such a divine calling.

But then it dawns on me why Moses’ character irritates me so much: because I see myself in him. He’s so human, so real, and so relatable to our own struggles with faith and self-doubt. And that is precisely why his story is so compelling.

Moses’ journey begins with an extraordinary encounter. In Exodus 3:1-10, the Angel of the Lord appears to him in a blazing fire from a bush that doesn’t burn up. God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but instead of jumping into action with excitement and courage, Moses offers a series of protests. Five times, he objects, to the point where the Lord became angry with Moses.

Moses’ responses to God’s call reveal a deep human struggle with self-worth and capability. When God asks him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses questions his own significance, saying, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people out of Egypt?”

He doubts his authority and qualifications, fearing rejection and ridicule. His feelings of inadequacy and incapability come to the forefront as he admits, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” 

And finally, in a moment of sheer vulnerability, Moses begs, the Lord “Please! Send anyone else” Each of these objections highlights his deep-seated insecurities and his struggle to embrace the extraordinary role God has chosen for him.

Reading these objections, it’s easy to judge Moses for his lack of faith. But then I realise how often I have the same responses to God’s call in my life. How many times have I felt insignificant, doubted my abilities, feared rejection and begged to be passed over for someone more qualified?

Moses’ protests reflect our own insecurities and human frailties, making his story not only relatable but also profoundly human.

Despite Moses’ hesitations and objections, what stands out most is God’s unwavering patience and support. God doesn’t dismiss Moses or choose someone else. Instead, God reassures him at every step.

God assures Moses of His presence, telling him, “I will be with you.” He strengthens Moses’ authority by revealing His name, “I AM WHO I AM.”

To bolster Moses’ confidence, God demonstrates His power through miracles. Moreover, God equips and empowers Moses to perform further miracles.

And finally, recognising Moses’ need for support, God provides practical help by appointing Aaron, Moses’ brother, to speak on his behalf. Through all these reassurances, God shows His commitment to Moses, equipping him with everything he needs to fulfill his divine calling.

In all of Moses’ objections, we see the goodness and patience of God. God doesn’t expect Moses to be anything other than who he is. He uses Moses, with all his flaws and doubts, to accomplish His purpose. This tells us something profound about God’s character and His approach to our lives.

So here are five biblical truths to help you shift away from the Moses Mentality:

  1. God uses us as we are: He’s not looking for the most skilled or qualified but for willing hearts. If He calls you, He knows your weaknesses and He can use you.

  2. God provides what we need: Focus on what you have, not on what you lack. God will supply all the tools and resources necessary for His work.

  3. God is with us: If He leads you to it, He will see you through it. His power can make the impossible possible.

  4. God’s authority is unmatched: He is the Creator, the great “I AM.” He can do all things and chooses to involve us in His plans as an honor, not a burden.

  5. Faith unleashes miracles:  If you dare to possess bold, unwavering faith, prepare to witness God’s magnificent work in your life.

What I’ve learned is that God often changes us from the inside out, gradually altering our mindset and perspective from within. I’ve had my share of doubts, fears, and feelings of inadequacy. But through it all, I’ve witnessed God’s faithfulness and provision, slowly replacing my uncertainties with trust and confidence in His plans for me.

Thanks for reading!