Excuses | Devotion 2: Moses, Moses, Moses
So often Moses is criticized for his hesitance to serve as God’s spokesman to Pharaoh. God had spoken to him from the burning bush. We think, “Wow, Moses! How can you hesitate to do everything He tells you to do? You have heard God’s voice. He has spoken to you from a dry desert bush that is on fire, but was never consumed. Are you kidding me?” Not only that but God had given him signs (rod to a snake – Exodus 4:4-5, leprous hand healed – Exodus 4:6-8); yet Moses was still hesitant to believe that God could equip him to be His representative.
We wonder, “Why?” How could Moses be uncertain? Maybe his faith was weak. Maybe he was afraid because of his past (Exodus 2:11-15). Maybe he liked his life the way it was. Whatever the reason, we criticize him for just not doing what God had told him to do. Is that just like us? Are we critical despite our own weaknesses?
I specifically recall a time several years ago that God impressed me to plan a special activity for the senior women in my church, and what were my first thoughts? “I cannot do this. It is too much. I am too busy. Why me, Lord? I have never done anything like this before. I need help, a lot of help.” I then immediately thought, “I cannot do this without Sherry” (my best friend and whiz at organization and timelines). How could I be critical of Moses? I was behaving just as he did.
Have you ever had doubts when you felt God’s leading? Have you struggled with feeling inadequate or following through? Please remember that Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We often feel this only pertains to material necessities, but when God says “every need” He means all needs – material, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
If you continue to read in Exodus, you will see that Moses, with the help of his brother Aaron, did acquiesce to his calling from God. God’s faithfulness to the mission He assigned to Moses is accomplished over and over again. Also in other biblical accounts, we can see that when God’s child follows His lead, there is victory and blessing (Abraham, Joseph, Gideon, David, and Elijah). If God leads you, you can rest assured that He has and will equip you.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” I Thessalonian 5:23-24