What can one ordinary person do?
Have you ever had this nagging thought that while you think it’s great God used people throughout the Bible, He could never use you in the same way? Do you ever doubt God could use you for something extraordinary? In the study, Experiencing God, the author uses Moses as a focal point – not because Moses was extraordinary, but because he was extremely ordinary with many of the same doubts and insecurities we have. Yet God saved a whole nation through him.
When God told Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, Moses said things like:
- Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? (Exodus 3:11)
- Who am I to lead the people out of Egypt? (Exodus 3:11)
- What if the people of Israel won’t believe me or listen to me? (Exodus 4:1)
- What if they say You never appeared to me? (Exodus 4:1)
- O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now. I get tongue-tied. (Exodus 4:10)
- Lord, please send anyone else! (Exodus 4:13)
Sound familiar? Of course! Most of us don’t even feel adequate, much less extraordinary. But Moses did something God is asking each of us to do – to listen and to trust Him, then to make the necessary adjustments in our thinking so that we can show God we believe He is who He says He is. Even if we drag our feet like Moses did, God never gives up on us doing the very thing that only we can do.
When James talks about Elijah in James 5:17-18, he could have easily been talking about any of us: “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 produced its crops.”
Elijah was an ordinary man with everyday weaknesses, but just like Moses and others in the Bible, their relationships with God made them extraordinary. And He offers the same thing to us – all it takes is having a relationship with Him and one step of obedience after another.
Ask God to help you believe that He can take your ordinary life and make it extraordinary.