Accomplishing Goals

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    We often set goals in our lives and many times we achieve our goals. We often look at our abilities and resources when setting our goals and sometimes set our goals shy of what could be accomplished. It is easy to forget that our abilities can and will grow and change as they are being used. Our resources also can quickly change to allow our goals to be accomplished. It is amazing the number of people in the Bible that set their goals short of what God expected them to do. Moses is an example that plainly demonstrates this point.

    Israel was in captivity to Egypt and had been for many years. Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house, but had to flee due to standing up for a Hebrew who was being unjustly beat. Moses spent the next several years in Midian as a shepherd. Then God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and gave Moses the command that Moses should have been looking for. God told Moses to go back to Egypt and lead Israel out of Egypt.

    Moses had given up on this goal. Moses had moved on in his life and decided that he was not the one to lead Israel out of Egypt. Even when God directly spoke to Moses, Moses still doubted his own ability to accomplish this great feat. Afterall, Moses at this point was just a shepherd. Moses was not some great orator or leader. Moses begins arguing with God about his ability to do what God has commanded. Moses says, “who am I that I should Go (Exodus 3:11). Then he says, “Who will I say sent me?” (Exodus 3:13). Then Moses says, “They will not believe me (Exodus 4:1). Moses then says, “I am not eloquent” (Exodus 4:10). (Exodus 4:11). Moses then begs God to send anyone else but him (Exodus 4:13). Moses fails to realize the importance of the task at hand. Moses also clearly fails to realize that when God commands that something is to be done, God will provide everything necessary to make sure that it happens.

    Moses was not approaching Pharaoh alone. God provided the words to speak. God provided the miracles to confirm. God provided the plagues to motivate Egypt. When Egypt chased after Israel, God provided the deliverance. God even sustained Israel as they wandered through the wilderness. Moses forgot that God was with Him.

    We can accomplish great things in God’s kingdom. We can teach others the truth and lead them to God. We can save souls. We can make a lasting difference in the lives of others. We can do all of this because it is something God has commanded and God will provide everything we need to make sure it happens. We need only to decide to follow God’s will and the resolve to never give up. If we have these two things, we will ALWAYS be successful in the end.

    Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.”
    This is the passage from Exodus that was referred to above.
    Exodus 3:1-4:17

    "Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
    [2] And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
    [3] And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”
    [4] When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
    [5] Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
    [6] And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
    [7] Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,
    [8] and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
    [9] And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
    [10] Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
    [11] But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
    [12] He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
    [13] Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
    [14] God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
    [15] God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
    [16] Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt,
    [17] and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’
    [18] And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’
    [19] But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.
    [20] So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.
    [21] And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty,
    [22] but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
    [4:1] Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’”
    [2] The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”
    [3] And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.
    [4] But the LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—
    [5] “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
    [6] Again, the LORD said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow.
    [7] Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh.
    [8] “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign.
    [9] If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
    [10] But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”
    [11] Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
    [12] Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
    [13] But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”
    [14] Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
    [15] You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.
    [16] He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.
    [17] And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”