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Exodus 7:1–7 ‘Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty- three when they spoke to Pharaoh.’ (v7)

Moses was ‘eighty years old’ when he began his work for God! At a time when most people would be thinking of taking it easy and contemplating doing very little, Moses was stepping into his life’s calling.

He’d seen the oppression of his captive people when he was young, but in his own strength could do nothing to help. Now perhaps he thought he was ‘past it’.

Then God unexpectedly called him to the task! The captive Hebrews would be set free from Egypt’s oppression (v5), but it would be achieved in God’s power and in God’s time. Moses (and his elderly brother) just had to obey (v6)!

We can reach a place in life where perhaps we don’t feel quite as excited about the things of God as we did at first. Maybe we have felt called to a certain ministry, but it never transpired.

Perhaps we think we have missed the boat. Well, Moses was called by the Lord in his old age – and Abraham wasn’t exactly a youngster when he moved with God (Gen. 12:4)! Perhaps we are not old in physical terms, but feel jaded, disappointed or even disillusioned with our Christian walk. Maybe

we’ve made mistakes, things haven’t worked out as we’d hoped, and we simply don’t believe God can use us. But we have to remember there are always new things to find in God; new depths of experience.

Who knows what He will do with us, whatever our age or life experience, whatever we think may hold us back, if we are willing to follow Him. Let’s never stop expecting God to do the unexpected – with unlikely people!

Unlikely People

A Prayer To Make:
‘Father, help me to obey You and walk in the calling and vision You have for my life.
Please show me what You want me to do today. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Did you feel called to something – a ministry, marriage, family, a career – but it never happened? Do you feel it’s too late? Ask God to renew His vision for your life.

Scripture To Consider:
Exod. 2:1–24 & 4:1–31; Luke 8:26–39; 2 Cor. 12:1–10

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.