Out running errands, I brought my notebook with me as I knew I would get to the school early for pickup. Opening my notebook and my Bible, I began to work on that days’ Bible study. It wasn’t until the following morning that I realized I had read and posted on the wrong reading.
I apologized to my group and went on with my day. But the thought kept nagging at me … “Go back. Read both of the portions of Scripture again. Read your notes. Find the reason.”
Let me share what I learned …
God shows up right in the middle of an ordinary day in the life of Moses, finding Moses tending his father-in-law’s sheep far out in the wilderness. Right there, from the middle of a bush blazing with fire, the Lord comes to speak to Moses.
God introduces Himself to Moses, introducing Moses and us all to His Name – Yahweh – “I Am Who I Am.”
He goes on to tell Moses He is going to send him to free His people out of Egypt and the debate begins as Moses questions God.
Calling Moses to what seems like an impossible feat, God informs him Yahweh was not only sending him but would go with him. Moses continues to protest, finding one excuse after another. In reading the dialogue in Exodus 3 and 4, three points became clear:
- God longs for us to believe. God gave Moses two signs – his staff turning into a snake and his hand becoming leprous – to perform before the people. His reason? “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – really has appeared to you” (verses 5 and 8, NLT).
- God both sends and equips His people. God was not sending Moses ill-equipped. “Now I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say” (verse 12, NLT).
- God will not be happy with our excuses. “Then the Lord became angry with Moses” (verse 14, NLT). Moses has pretty much been grasping at straws with all his excuses due to his own fear. God did not want Moses to depend on himself or his abilities, but upon God’s power to be at work in Moses, as Moses was willing and obedient.
Moses was initially a most reluctant leader, who came to realize God’s plans would not be thwarted by his excuses. And God will not be thwarted by ours either. May we be a people who firmly believe, obeying and going where God leads and equips.
“No More Excuses”.