Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Work a miracle,’ then you say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, so that it may become a serpent.’ ” So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and did just as the Lord had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.
They had worked together for a number of years, but they did not actually work together. Each attorney had his own caseload and typically worked his files on his own. One day, a big case landed on one of the associates’ desks. When he was handed the file he was told that he would be working this case with the other associate. Both attorneys had a problem with this partnership at first because each thought that he would be sufficient to carry the work. What both failed to realize was that this was a complex matter with complex issues, and each associate had different talents and skill sets, all of which were required to win this case. Each was intelligent and competent, but neither would be able to win on his own.
Moses and Aaron were like the spiritual Wright brothers. It took two to get the job done. Each man played a part in exhibiting the Lord’s power before this king. What Moses did not think he had to bring to the table, Aaron possessed. Because Moses did not believe that he could approach Pharaoh alone and be successful, he indeed could not. God could have sent him alone before Pharaoh despite his reservations, but He instead called Aaron to partner with him. God called Aaron to fill the gap. Had either brother decided not to obey God’s instructions, this story would have turned out much differently. It would take the combined work of these two servants, but God’s will would be done.
Our pride might try to convince us that the call of God must be an individual call. Perhaps we think that completing God’s work with others by our side means that we are less capable. Maybe we see this example of Moses and his insecurities, and we think that complete faith means we walk out all things for God on our own. The truth is that it is God’s call. He decides who He needs to do his work and how that will look. It should be considered nothing but an honor and a blessing to share a calling with our brothers and sisters, to see the fruit of our labor manifest together in God’s purpose. Father, bring us opportunities to partner with our brothers and sisters as we walk out our calling together.