Moses was one of the great writers of the Bible, and we all know the story of the Exodus. Looking back we see the amazing things he did when led by God. Can we find inspiration and tips from the writings of Moses?
How exactly did he start? Did he just grab a pen and recount his life? How did he know what to write?
- Moses Saw a Burning Bush...
Sometimes story ideas are like that--a plot that burns like a flame in the mind of the author. You start to write and like Moses, you've said “Here I am.”
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.
- But Why Me?
Perhaps as you get into the manuscript you have self doubts. “Lord, who am I to write this story?” That’s what Moses did. He had doubts and a general lack of confidence. Just because we have doubts doesn't mean we're on the wrong path. Moses wasn't.
Ex 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
- What if others don’t believe I should be doing this? How can I prove I should?
What if people think you shouldn’t do this? Well, if someone else should be writing your story, would you have seen that burning bush?
Ex 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
- What if after I've done all this no one listens?
What if my books don’t sell well. What if no one wants to read them. Again self doubt gets in the way.
Don't let the what if's rule your life. "What if" hasn't happened. Don't let it stop you.
Ex 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee
- Am I really qualified to do this?
Moses had a learning curve, so does any writer. And learning never really stops. This is such an amazing question, because it keeps you sharp as a writer and challenges you to hone your skills.
Ex 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.
- God's answer is an encouragement and a promise...He's there for you.
Ex 4:11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
- And what happened then?
Moses told his family and they were all happy—actually no. He didn’t get a lot of support. His wife didn't seem happy at all, but he kept going knowing that God had called him.