“The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’
But Moses said, ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it.’”
Exodus 4:11-13 (NIV)
God wanted to rescue His people from slavery so He chose Moses to go to Pharaoh to demand that the people be released. Moses’ reaction was one of shock and trepidation. Who was he? How could he ever persuade Pharaoh to let the people go? Who would protect him from Pharaoh’s wrath? Moses said to God, ‘“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you.’” That should have finished it. God is enough for any crisis. But I love the next part. God in His grace allows Moses to show his reservations. Moses goes down a long list of reasons why he could not do what God asked him to do. And the Lord is patient with each excuse. Today’s verse shows God’s tender mercy as He explains to Moses how He personally will help Moses speak and will teach him what to say. But Moses still caves. Finally, God said that He would send Moses’ brother, Aaron, to go with him and speak for him. God loved Moses. There was something in Moses that He wanted to use. Moses felt heard and with God’s help he was able to do the job God gave him to do. Today, what are you in fear about? What has God asked you to do that you keep putting off? Tell God about it. Let Him know your concerns. He will help you. He will teach you. He will be your strength. With God, you can do it!
Father, You know me intimately. You know my fears and reservations. How many times have You asked me to do something and all I did was give You excuses? Forgive me, Lord. Empower me to do Your will.
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