This morning I finished reading through the book of Exodus. Man! There are incredible stories of God throughout this entire book! Let me share some thoughts that I jotted down through this study.
After God commands Moses to confront Pharaoh this is what it says in Exodus 4:1-14 (ESV):
1Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” 2The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. 4But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5“that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. 7Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8“If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
10But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses...
There are a lot of things that we can try to model from the life of Moses, but the “excuses Moses” is not one of them. Throughout this passage Moses tried to talk God out of using him 3 different times.
His excuses were:
- What if people don’t believe me (verse 1)?
- I’m not good at speaking (verse 10).
- Can’t you just send someone else (verse 13)?
After the third time God began to get frustrated (verse 14).
Maybe we look at Moses and think Man! Why didn’t he get it? God was trying to use him in such a big way! Why wouldn’t he stop making excuses?! But I wonder how often people look at our lives and think the exact same thing? Even more so, how often does God look at us and get frustrated?
I couldn’t help but have this thought as I read through the passage: Am I like Moses? So I'll ask you the same question: Are you like Moses? I wonder how many times we ask, or even beg God to use us in some way? Yet at the very same time do we give excuses and try to talk God out of using us?
Here’s what I mean by that:
- God says, “Let me use you in this way.” And our excuse is, “Na, I think I really want to be used this way instead.”
- God says, “I’ll use you if you let me deal with this sin issue you have.” And our excuse is, “Na, I like doing that too much.”
- God says, “I’ll use you if you will let me change your attitude.” And our excuse is, “Na, my attitude is fine.”
So, are you like Moses? Unlike him, many times we want to be used by God. But just like Moses, we often have a laundry list of excuses. God calls, we push back. Don’t be like Moses in this passage. Don't try to push God away when He asks you to do something. If God has asks you to do something He has perfectly equipped you to do just that.