Read Exodus 3:1-17.

Forty years can really change a person, especially when those forty years are largely spent in solitude, watching sheep. The Moses we meet in Exodus 3 is different than the Moses of Exodus 2. Back then, he was powerful, confident, and self-righteous. Now, he’s humble, broken, and content with a quiet life far from the palace of Pharaoh.

Just when it seems Moses is finally making peace with the direction his life has taken, God shows up and tells him to go back to Egypt; His people are in need of rescue. Moses had once appointed himself the deliverer of God’s people. But now, at the burning bush, God is appointing him deliverer, and ironically, Moses doesn’t want to go. He makes excuses—four times!

Reading between the lines, it’s as if Moses was saying, “Egypt? I’m finally able to hear the word Egypt without shivering—and you want me to go back?” But God intended to reopen Moses’ old wound in order to clean it up. You see, when a wound closes with the infection still inside, it will keep festering. So God will often open our closed wounds to clean them out and give us complete healing.

Is God calling you to something you thought you had left behind forever? Remember this: God wants to bring you healing. You can trust Him.

Prayer: Lord, I know I can trust You. You are working for my good. Thank You for Your great love—may it give me courage and confidence to face the trials You bring me for my healing and transformation. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 3:11).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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