Excuses! Excuses!

The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’
Exodus 4:11-12 (NIV)

Read: Exodus 4

Consider: It is obvious from reading Exodus 4 that Moses was very reluctant to accept God’s call for him to go to Pharaoh and to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. This might be understandable as he was in Midian (some way from Egypt), he was married (to Zipporah) and had children to consider and he had been away from Egypt for forty years.

Having been brought up by Pharaoh’s daughter he would have known the Egyptian language and understood the culture. Remember that when he first went to Midian, Jethro’s daughters mistook him for an Egyptian (Exodus 2:19). Despite this, Moses was reluctant to take on God’s commission. This may have been because of the circumstances that led to him leaving Egypt. He had killed an Egyptian and Pharaoh had sought to kill Moses because of this.

Moses made excuses to God as to why he would not be suitable for the task. We are told in Exodus 4:10 the culmination of this: Moses said to the LORD, ‘Pardon your servant, 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.’ Even after God’s reassurance (4:11-12) we are told: But Moses said, ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it.’

Could God be calling you to take on a particular work for him? Do you feel inadequate for the task? Your natural tendency could be to concentrate on your weaknesses (I’m not gifted enough), or to focus on the problems (no-one will listen to me). If so, remember that it is God who is calling you and he will equip you for the work ahead. Stop making excuses and move forward in faith.

Pray: Father, when you call us to serve you help us to focus on you and not on our perceived weaknesses or problems about resources. May we be willing to move forward in faith, trusting you for the gifts and resources needed for the task. Amen

Every blessing