I’m game. How about the rest of you?
Several generations pass and Pharaoh has enslaved the descendants of Jacob. At one point, he orders the deaths of the sons born to them. A woman gives birth to a son whom she hides in the bulrushes. Pharaoh’s daughter finds him and adopts him, calling him Moses.
Moses must be aware of his past (his real mother became his nursemaid) so when he is a man and sees an Egyptian attacking one of the Hebrews, he kills the Egyptian. When he realizes he is in danger, he leaves Egypt, marries, and raises a family.
One day, God talks to him through a burning bush. God tells Moses that it is up to him to rescue the Hebrews and lead them back to the Promised Land. Moses is very hesitant. He wonders what he can say when they ask how they can know that God directs him. God teaches him a couple of tricks – changing a rod into a snake and then back again, making his hand leprous and then curing it. Then Moses says that he wouldn’t know what to say. God assures him that he will tell him what to say. Then Moses complains that he is not a great speaker. God tells him that Aaron, Moses’ brother, can be his spokesperson.
Moses reluctantly agrees but when he speaks to Pharaoh about moving, Pharaoh not only ignores him (“God had hardened his heart”) but he increases the workload of the Hebrews. This of course makes Moses less than popular with his own people.
Many people have a calling, whether the ministry, teaching, law, medicine, public service or any other career. Some will claim that God directed them; others will have no clue why they do what they do.
I can certainly identify with Moses. I wouldn’t want to lead. I don’t have enough confidence in my own abilities. I wouldn’t know what to say. How will the people react to me? Why would anybody want that responsibility? Moses was a reluctant leader, and I don’t blame him.
So that leaves me wondering why anybody would want to become a leader – mayor, premier, prime minister. What motivates them? And how much doubt do they have both before running and after being elected. Any ideas?