Chosen by God
Written by César Castellanos
Moses was one of the greatest leaders in history. God had a defined purpose to accomplish through him, which was the deliverance of His people. This implied a deep and arduous work in his character with the aim of getting him ready to realising the mission which he would later entrust him; it took the Lord forty years to mould him.
Then He revealed His purpose to him as he said: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt” (Exodus 3:7a). Moses had lived so many internal struggles in the past that it seemed incredible to him to be an instrument in divine hands to do mighty things. For this reason, he sought to evade that responsibility presenting his own excuse: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11). Faced with God’s calling, doubt is our first reaction.
The desert had successfully broken the old Moses, all the pride he carried having lived in Pharaoh’s palace had now disappeared. He was no longer self-sufficient, but a broken, simple and humble man that felt he was unable of doing things alone. God had to tell him: “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain” (Exodus 3:12).
The Lord says the same thing to us today: “Independently of what you think of yourself, I am with you. You won’t speak of yourself but about Me.” You need His presence and He needs a broken life upon His altar. If you surrender to Him, God will be able to use you and you will be a channel of blessing for thousands.
When the servant of the Lord has gone through brokenness, his life is willing to fulfil the purpose of God on this earth, as he will no longer have anything of himself to lean on. But all his strength will only be in God and the Lord will receive the glory for every great conquest.
A young man graduated from Bible School and consecrated himself to the Lord as a missionary to Africa. After preparing himself and when everything was ready, he had a car accident and lost a leg. With deep weeping he said: “God, my only yearning is to preach the gospel to African cannibals. Why do you allow me to lose a leg?” God kept silent. Regardless, he believed it all works for the good of those who love God. He put on a prosthetic leg and went to Africa.
Whilst preaching the gospel, a cannibal captured him. The tribal chief summoned the neighbouring tribes for a great feast, as the night’s main dish would be a white man. But the young man took of his prosthetic leg and threw it saying: “I’m white but you won’t like my flesh, it won’t do you any good.” The cannibals ran at the prosthetic leg and began to chew it, but they didn’t like it. They all tried to leave the place but the tribal chief said to them: “This is no man, but a god! How can his flesh be so hard and tasteless?” They knelt down before the young man as a sign of repentance. Having heard the message of the gospel, the tribal chief summoned all the neighbouring tribes and they repented before God.