God Uses Misfits
By David J. Stewart | February 2014
Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Moses was a total misfit. Moses spent 80 years of his life not being sure, not being secure, having no absolutes, not knowing who he was, not quite fitting in with anybody. Moses couldn't quite fit in with the Egyptians. He couldn't quite fit in and bond with the Midianites. Moses was acquainted with all, but connected to none. Moses just couldn't fit in anywhere that he went. Moses was a misfit. No matter how much he tried to fit in with people, something always happened. No matter what you do to try to rest in and fit in with people, it never works out. Something always happens that causes you to jump up and leave.
The truth is that the misfit is part of the methodology of God. He never intended for you to fit in. If Moses would have fit in with the Hebrews, he couldn't have led what he fit in with. If Moses would have fit in with the Egyptians, he couldn't have rebuked the devil he was sleeping with. If Moses had fit in with the Midianites, he would have missed his destiny and built a house in the desert that God never intended for him to stay in. And so that feeling of never fitting in is not that you are lost; but rather, that God is LEADING YOU from faith-to-faith and from and from glory-to-glory. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
God didn't speak to Moses when he was exposed to the burning bush, nor when he saw the burning bush; but rather, when he TURNED ASIDE to go see the burning bush. Exodus 3:4, “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” The land which Moses stood upon was holy because God was there. Don't curse the way that God calls you. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing that you have been through in life will be wasted. God can take the lemons in our life and make lemonade.
God will often shake up our life. If God had used Moses to lead the Hebrews into the Wilderness 40 years earlier, Moses would have led the Hebrews into a place where neither of them had ever been. But God led Moses into the Wilderness FIRST, for 40-years tending a flock of sheep, to prepare Moses to lead the Hebrews 40-years later. Moses brought the Hebrews out of Egypt because he had been out. You cannot lead people where you have not been. Moses was able to lead the people because he had spent 40 years surviving on the backside of the desert. Whew, this is good stuff!
God has a purpose and place for everyone. God uses misfits! Moses was about as much of a misfit as possible. Moses couldn't even speak well. Exodus 4:10, “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” In a million years, Moses never would have imagined that he would be going back into Egypt for any reason; but God had a purpose and plan for Moses. Never underestimate the uniqueness of the complications of your life in view of God's will for your life.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Notice that the Bible doesn't say that all things will BE GOOD; but rather, all things will WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. This is God's promise for every Christian. God the Father uses the bad things in our life to conform us into Christ's image. God often waits for bad things in our life to get worse, so that there's no doubt when we are delivered that it was God Who delivered us. God can take all the broken pieces of our life and put them together in a special way that only God can do. He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be!
While running from his past in a barren desert, Moses ran into his purpose. While leading his father-in-law Jethro's flock of sheep, God was teaching Moses to lead the flock of Hebrews in Egypt and the Wilderness. All of our tears, disappointments, sins, failures, heartaches, embarrassments, burdens, losses and tribulations in life can be used for God's glory to accomplish God's will in ways that we never could have imagined. Only God knows the things that would have happened if the things that happened hadn't happened. God is a good God and everything that He does is right!
Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”