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, o“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Exodus 3:10-11

Why did God choose Moses when he was eighty-years old? He could have used him, say, 40 years back when he was still in Egypt and was brave and confident. But at 80 years, he had none of his earlier capabilities; in fact he had a feeling of inadequacy. How could he impact the mighty Pharaoh?

Let’s look at some qualities Moses possessed at 80 that he didn’t have in his youth:

1. He knew how to handle sheep. Moses tended to his flock diligently, and after so many years he knew everything there was to know about shepherding. If he was going to be the leader, he needed to have good shepherding skills.

2. He knew the deserts inside out. In order to lead the Israelites out into the wilderness, he needed to know basics of desert life.

God had been perfecting Moses for 40 years, and now he had good leadership skills. Many times we think that we are too old, or not strong enough for God’s purpose. Sometimes we feel frustrated, and often we feel inadequate. However, God is perfecting us. He does not look at our age or how strong we are. He is not bothered about whether we are able, capable, suitable or notable. He only wants us to be available when He calls us and speaks to us, He wants us to fulfill His plan and purpose in our life.

Remember that God is always perfecting us to be used by Him in glorifying His name.

Guest devotion by Paul Preetha. Paul works full time and enjoys writing exhortations. Become a guest writer for us.