So Many Excuses

We know Moses was a great man and God used him to accomplish some pretty awesome stuff while he was on Earth. Exodus 33:11 even tells us “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”

Reread that and let those words sink in for a minute.

The creator of EVERYTHING came down and spoke to Moses face to face. My tiny brain can hardly comprehend the absolute enormity of that!

But did you know that when God first called Moses to do His work, Moses had several excuses to not do what the Lord asked? Those excuses sound a lot like ones we still use today.
Exodus 3:10: God tells Moses “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses replied:
1. “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (v.11) Our version: I’m not a preacher or Sunday school teacher. I can’t witness to people, I’m a nobody.
2. “What if they do not believe me or listen to me?” (Ch.4 v.1) Our version: What if they laugh at me or get mad at me?
3. “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Ch,4 v.10) Our version: But God, I can’t talk good!
4. “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (ch.4 v.13) Our version: O Lord, please send someone else to do it!

With each excuse, God assures Moses that He will help him. “I will be with you” (ch.3 v.12) “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (ch.4 v.12) “I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.” (ch.4 v.15)

Think of what Moses would have missed out on if God DID send someone else to do it. I’m not talking about the notoriety; of being highly regarded by the Israelites and his name still being known thousands of years later. He would have missed being witness to some of the largest movements of God ever. Rivers turned into blood, frogs, flies, and locusts causing chaos in Egypt but leaving the Israelites alone, darkness so black you can feel it, staffs turned into snakes, crossing a giant river on dry land.  Now apply that to your life. What will you miss out on when God sends someone else after asking you first? Because He WILL send someone else, His work WILL be done.

Now let that sink in.


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