Excuses, Excuses

As we continue to travel through the opening of the book of Exodus, we come today to Exodus 4. Exodus 4:10 says, “Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.'”

I thought about titling today’s post, God Sure Does Have a Sense of Humor. I thought about that title, because I certainly can identify with Moses. When I look at my personality and my strengths, they seem to pale in comparison to my weaknesses for the job I hold. Here in our text, God is still talking to Moses at the bush that got Moses’ attention back in Exodus 3. God has graciously revealed His plan to Moses, and how God was going to use Moses to accomplish His plan. On top of this, God even showed Moses three different signs that he could perform in front of the people, in order to convince the people that God was indeed talking to Moses. Most people would be thrilled to have God talk to them, and give them a fairly detailed plan of what He was going to do, and how He was going to use them. However, instead of being excited, Moses is frightened. Instead of focusing on the power of God that he has seen firsthand, Moses is focusing on his own limitations. How often are you and I guilty of doing the same thing?

The main takeaway from this passage is this, it’s not about us, it’s about God. As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 115:1, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.” We could sum it up this way, the only ability that God is interested when it comes to you and I is our availability. God isn’t looking for the best, the brightest, the smartest, the greatest orator, and such. The apostle Paul hammers this point home in 1 Corinthians 1:27 when he writes, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” God isn’t interested in what we can do for Him. He knows that if it was about what we could do for Him, then we would rob Him of the praise, honor, and glory that belong only to Him. Therefore, He calls us out of our comfort zone. He leads us out of the shallow end of the pool, not to destroy us or embarrass us because of our inabilities. Rather, He does it to reveal His power and that His grace is sufficient. I don’t know what God is saying to you today. I don’t know what He is calling you to do. But I do know this, our only appropriate response when God calls is prompt obedience. I also understand that sometimes that can be scary. When you are tempted to fear, just remember, as a child of God, God is with you, and it is His power and His abilities that will perform the task He has called you to. It’s not about our abilities, it is about our availability. Will you respond to Him today?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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